The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the long-standing legal ban on reporting early vote results on federal election nights in regions of the country where the polls are still open.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled the ban can be justified under the Charter of Rights.
Since 1938 federal election law has forbidden the reporting of early results from other areas of the country in places where people may not have had a chance yet to cast their ballots.
OK, nothing remarkable here, right? Move along, people. But wait just one minute. Looky here at what jumps out from the page on the occasion of a discussion about public views expressed during the course of this public policy issue winding its way to the Supreme Court. Yes, it's another reminder of Harper's penchant for taking the extreme view (until he became PM, of course):
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, then a private citizen, criticized the reporting ban in 2001, when he circulated a fundraising letter soliciting support for Mr. Bryan.Temperament, temperament. It never ceases to amaze that a man who has made such public expressions of such utter, unbridled contempt for various Canadian institutions and individuals has become our PM. Just amazing. Recall such classic Harperisms...Maritimers are lazy, Kyoto is a socialist scheme, Elections Canada officials are jackasses, build a firewall around Alberta...and all of these statements made in the prime of his mature, adult life. And without consequence.
At the time, Mr. Harper called Elections Canada officials “jackasses” and referred to Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley — who stepped down last December — as a “dangerous man.”
The prime minister has been more careful in office, offering no comment on the legal battle while lawyers for the federal Justice Department continued to defend the law.
So who is this guy who is currently masquerading as PM? And where have these views gone?