One would be stretching all credibility to connect this federal government with the old adage: “Of the people, by the people and for the people.” This disconnect is becoming even more apparent with every passing day.
The prorogation of Parliament is becoming an annual event.
The prime minister looks at his current state of affairs and then calls up the Queen’s representative and asks for a “do over.” Do overs are what children and a few golfers ask for when they are not getting the results that they hoped for.
Can you imagine the chaos if every athlete or sports team that made an error was given a chance for a do over?
How many soldiers and their families would want the Afghan War prorogued? I would think quite a few. Do you think the Taliban would accept proroguing the war until the rest of the American troops arrived?
There are advantages to prorogation. It gives the prime minister the time to stack the Senate with Conservatives and he can now dissolve parliamentary committees, especially the one concerning Afghan detainees that looked like it was coming close to showing that Canada may have violated the Geneva Convention and broke other international laws.
Getting back to the adage “Of the people . . .” it is becoming apparent that this government is not about the people. It is about one man (the prime minister) and his quest for power.
Our prime minister has centralized power in his office; he even keeps his deputy ministers on rotation so they cannot see the whole picture.
The prime minister will send Canadian soldiers to wartorn countries to defend democracy and honour at the great expense of injury and perhaps death, but he personally will not risk his cushy job or the fate of his government and defend democracy and honour.
“For the people . . .” is the last thing on this government’s agenda unless you include the word: votes.
At a time of fiscal restraint, this prime minister is increasing his spending on self-promotion by many millions of dollars (all taxpayers’ money). He obstructs, dismisses, denies, evades and I believe he would be outright dishonest with the voters if he thought it would gain him votes.
The federal Conservatives won two straight majorities, then they were decimated at the polls — winning just two seats.
Harper is seen as a manager with rabid political tendencies, but he is not a leader with a vision and his biggest concern will be that an opposition member will strike a chord with the people.
This government is shoving politics into the gutter, turning people off. Could you see a John A. Macdonald or an Abraham Lincoln being a member of this government? I could just see George Washington standing there and yelling: “I cannot tell a lie, Michael Ignatief chopped down the cherry tree.”
Harper’s biggest worry is that someone will come to the table and exude charisma, honour, sincerity, honesty and have high morals to spare. Someone who will appeal to the decency deep within all of us, instead of triggering greed, hate, envy and anger to gain support.
This person would be Harper’s biggest worry and he knows this and will ensure no one of this calibre would want to join — or if they do join, he’ll spend millions to spread discrediting plausible messages.
Members of Parliament were once respected members of society, but they have become figureheads and voice boxes of the prime minister.
“Of the people . . .” is now but just a dream.
Editor’s note: The letter writer will represent the Liberals in Red Deer during the next federal election.