Harper’s reasoning for dissolving Parliament is simply beyond reasoning. His reasons, however are far more obvious. He doesn’t want to be on the receiving end of an Outremont-revisited, in which the Liberal’s leadership under Stephane Dion last year was being called into question. These four by-elections presently underway, were called at a time of maximum political convenience for Stephen Harper, or so he thought at the time. Now he is aborting them through his own manipulations of our Parliamentary system. As his empty rationale, he cites that Parliament is dysfunctional. How plausible is that , given that Parliament isn’t even in session?
No, Stephen Harper is engaged in a form of democratic censorship. Uncomfortable with the message that voters are likely to cast in these four by-elections, three of which are two thirds pregnant at this point.....Harper decides to terminate them in the hopes that he can mask the message that will be obvious to all in their results......which is that Harper has gone stale on the vine.
Let’s hope our Governor General is able to see through this ruse for what it is, and deny Harper his chance to truncate the democratic process that is now underway in Guelph, Westmount-Ville Marie, Saint Lambert and Don Valley West.
This is incumbent on her as the Queen’s representative in Canada.....to see these by-elections through to their final result, whatever that may be...and free of intervention at the highest levels of self interest.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 4:59 PM