I got the impression back on November 14,2007, that I was the only one making this point: which was the observation that Stephen Harper was arguing for an acceptable level of corruption.
Hopefully subsequent events have made this point more obvious to all to acknowledge.
Back on November 14, 2007 when faced with the prospect that Brian Mulroney was knee deep into scandal with the $300,000 in cash he received from arms dealer Karl Heniz Schreiber, Stephen Harper argued for tolerance on the part of Canadians for corruption by stating his opposition to a public inquiry into Mulroney’s alleged corruption:
“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.”
Harper thought he could negotiate (in public no less) such a pact of acceptable corruption with Stephane Dion through, you guessed it, bully tactics
This comment and tactic also demonstrates an innate acceptance on the part of Stephen Harper for corruption and dirty tricks. As for the “power” comment, that was very telling as well. Stephen the omnipotent.
As for subsequent events, as Michael Ignatief pointed out in question period today, we now have the Conservative Party involved in alleged tampering with elections at the municipal (Baird/O’Brien), national (Harper/Cadman) and international level (Brodie/Obama)
Stephen Harper thinks ethics are something to be bartered and determined on a relative basis. Such a philosophy of “I’ll call your sponsorship scandal and raise you one Cadman affair” is certainly a race to the bottom. Ethics are to be measured against standards that are absolute in measure and not relative.
We need to establish what are the acceptable levels of corruption. To do that, one need only look to the law and the spirit of the law and not whether a Liberal sponsorship scandal or a Belinda Stronach floor-crossing for a Cabinet post affords Stephen Harper with the prerogative to engage in a Cadman scandal with impunity.
That would truly be a race to the bottom.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 7:08 PM