Personally I think all politicians that are proven to be corrupt should be subject to the full extent of the law. Brian Mulroney would be a good place to start. Perhaps we could end with Stephen Harper himself. Stephen Harper is nothing, if not intellectually corrupt. He hasn’t made a promise yet, that he hasn’t proven himself willing to break
Evidently Stephen Harper has a different take on this matter of corruption involving Brian Mulroney than I do. His goes along the lines of:
“This is not a route that I want to go down, and I don’t think that if the Liberal Party thought twice about it, it is a power they would want to give me.”
Can you think of a more psychotic response than that? “Not a power they want to give me”.
Hey Stephen, notwithstanding your penchant for attack ads and constant fish or cut bait ultimatums, it’s not the Liberals who give you power. It is the electorate and the laws of our nation. As mistaken as that electorate may have been in the last election, when they gullibly entrusted you with minority office, as distinct from minority power.
Nor is it the Liberal Party or any other party with whom you will negotiate with as to Canadians’ tolerance for corruption and bribery amongst high officials, such as Brian Mulroney.
Whether the Liberals, the NDP, or the Bloc thinks its “okay” for Brian Mulroney to accept cash payments in private hotel suites in envelopes stuffed with $1000 bills isn’t the point. Nor is your willingness to seemingly horse trade the misdeed of your party’s senior members with the alleged misdeeds of other party’s members. Which, after all is the essence of the Faustian trade you are attempting to broker here. Stephen Harper. Corruption broker and bribery apologist. My, how 20 months of “power’ have changed you.
Canadians have zero tolerance for corruption amongst politicians, political parties, governments or bureaucrats. Remember that’s what got you into office in the first place. Corruption amongst those behind the Sponsorship program was the wind behind your sail in the last election. Apparently things were capable of getting worse, and indeed they did, as now we have the $35 billion income trust betrayal of falsehoods and lies perpetrated and yet never proven with a scintilla of evidence.
Now that you are in office, you are pushing for a new level of tolerance for corruption on the part of Canadians -- arguing for it on the most cynical of partisan terms.
Such arguments are a disgrace to our democracy and the needs of the people. Does corruption in high office simply represent an opportunity for you Mr. Harper, or is it something you are ethically opposed to? Your throne speech continually referred to yours being a “clean” government. Beware of those who preach their own virtues. Meanwhile, this from page one of Stephen Harper’s campaign platform of 2006:
“We need to replace a culture of entitlement and corruption with a culture of accountability. We need to replace benefits for a privileged few with government for all.”
What could be further from the truth under a Stephen Harper government? We have now learned that he condones corruption. He effortlessly reverses election campaign promises with policies designed to serve the interests of narrow special interests. Stephen Harper is a charlatan. He leads by misleading
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Posted by Fillibluster at 4:03 PM