Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is concerned about the growing number of serious injuries"You win some, you lose some," that's just not cutting it. Canadian democracy is not an optional set of rules that a Prime Minister should be chafing at repeatedly. We need to be able to trust that a Prime Minister won't do whatever he can until restrained.
in the NHLto Canadian democracy.
hockey fanparliamentarian, Harper says the leagueSpeaker of the House of Commons needs to take a serious look at the issuecontinue exercising vigilance over the democratic functioning of our House of Commons.
He made the comments in the wake of the devastating
hitSpeaker rulings that placed Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in hospital with a severe concussion and fractured vertebraruled the Harper government are in two more historic breach of privilege situations for improperly withholding information from Parliament and for one of its ministers having misled a parliamentary committee.
"I just say this as a
hockey fandemocrat, I'm very concerned about the growing number of very serious injuriestransgressions, and in some cases to some of the premier players in the gameeffect to the seat of our democracy itself, Parliament," Harper said at an event in Toronto on Thursday.
"I don't think that's good for
the gameCanada and I think the league's got to take acommend the Speaker and take to heart his rulings serious look at that for its own sake."
Other than to send his
thoughtsapologies to the injured PaciorettyCanadian people, Harper declined to comment specifically on the hitrulings, saying it's not thethe Canadian government's job to get involvedcomply.
"Obviously, I want to express
sympathy to Mr. Pacioretty, his family, his teammatesregrets for my government's actions," he said. "We're all very concerned about his healthplaying by the rules and I hope to see him have a full recovery and get back on the icetransparency, accountability and respect for Parliament return."
Where Harper does feel the government needs to take action is with
safety in kids sportsrestraints on the PMO.
"That is something we're particularly seized with taking action on and working with our provincial partners on because this phenomenon is
not justprimarily at the top level," he said. "You are seeing a growing number of head and brain injuries in sports competitions at the child and amateur levelslights to democracy under my tenure and for this, major repair work is required."
With apologies to Canadian Press for the butchering.