Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Harper unleashed

See, all that nice guy sweater stuff can't last very long. He's hungry for his majority now. CP headline last night: "Give me a muscular mandate to stop opposition sabotage: Harper." Voters should listen carefully to Mr. Harper's appeal for power:
"In a time of economic uncertainty, I do think the country needs a strong government that's able to govern," the prime minister told a group of reporters from ethnic newspaper and broadcast outlets Tuesday.

"My concern is that, obviously, going forward, that we have a government that's going to be sabotaged by a bunch of parties who don't want our economy to be successful." (emphasis added)
Sabotage. Since when does a Prime Minister use such vocabulary to speak of the democratic process? It's rather dark and conspiratorial, don't you think? Sabotage, however, is the word that's top of mind for Mr. Harper when he thinks of the democratic process. When he contemplates another minority government situation.

As for peddling the notion that other parties don't want the economy to be successful, that's more of the fabricated exaggerated rhetoric that's been characteristic of his campaign thus far.

He offered up more of this sort of false characterization yesterday, painting his opponents as criminal loving :
"'The other parties do not believe in tougher laws against criminals," Harper declared. "They will fight those laws, they will amend those laws, they will obstruct those laws."
This is just laughably rich, the irony of Mr. Harper lecturing others about the need for tough laws that must be respected. His tenure as Prime Minister has been characteristic of disrespect for the rule of law. His party broke spending limits in the last election by over $1.1 million. His party discouraged witnesses not to show up at Commons committees. The man passed a fixed election date law and then ignored it. Yet he's lecturing others that his party is the party that believes in tough laws. His party is the law and order party. What a farce.

Let's not forget the smear thrown in, that the other parties are soft on crime. Of course they aren't. He just can't help himself.

These kinds of remarks should tell people something about Harper's view of democracy, if they're really listening. Amending laws, fighting laws, debating laws, the things that Harper expresses such disdain for, that's why Parliament exists. If he's so uncomfortable with it, he's in the wrong business.

A majority? I don't think this kind of talk helps that case at all.