Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unnamed officials peddling the Harper Senate position


Who will speak for the Conservative government on their impending patronage spree? No one it appears. Government by anonymous official, too frightened to speak publicly about their actions. No wonder when this is the horrendous backdrop:
The champion of Senate reform is poised to make the single biggest rash of appointments to the unelected upper chamber in modern memory.
How to put lipstick on this pig? Well, they're always up for it. The line, let's attack the Senate, which is pretty much irrelevant to the discussion at hand. The Senate doesn't magically reform itself, contrary to this disingenuous anonymous fellow (are there any women in the Harper upper echelons, it's a fair assumption):
"It's very clear that the existing Senate has no appetite for reform of any kind," said the official in a not-for-attribution briefing.

In the meantime, "We're looking for senators who share that commitment to reform."
That's hilarious. The Senate can unilaterally reform itself by virtue of the beliefs of the members! Who needs a constitution when we have the Harper Conservatives at the helm! The provinces, hello? How many do we need to agree to reform the Senate...seven? Yeah. Consent of Senators, irrelevant. Another troubling example of how they consistently misrepresent the institutions and workings of our government to the Canadian people, simply for political advantage.

Bert Brown, what say you on Mr. Harper's about face?
Last June, Alberta's Bert Brown - the lone elected Conservative Senator in the red chamber - lauded Harper for pressuring provinces to set up Senate elections or face under-representation.

"Just leaving them vacant is the pressure point," Brown told The Canadian Press.

"I don't think you're going to hear him say, 'Well, you know, if they don't (elect senators), then I'll just go ahead and appoint.'

"I think if he said that, probably the provinces would just say, 'Okay, we'll wait.' " (emphasis added)
How disappointing, hey Mr. Brown? The emperor has no clothes, as we well know by now.

Update (9:00 p.m.): Looks like Cannon and Clement weighed in.  Post so-amended...:)  Note that they're still attacking the Senate, however, responsible cabinet ministers that they are...