Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stephen Harper is Now Suggesting that Parliament Makes Canada Unstable

Can you believe the arrogance of this man? Suggesting that Parliament weakens our country. Having a dictator weakens our country, because the 2/3 of Canadians who do not support this absolute ruler, have no voice.

In fact even some of the 1/3 of Canadians who did vote for dictatorship, are having buyer's remorse.

He's hiding behind 'economy' in the same way he tried to hide behind our troops, to deflect questions about Afghan detainee abuse. I have never known a man more spineless and gutless, than Stephen Harper.

For the record, he does not care a hoot about the economy, or about jobs, or us for that matter. Neo-conservatism is about dismantling a country, paving the way for an unfettered free market economy.

And to achieve this, a country's social safety net is destroyed. No health care, no Canada Pension, no Old Age Security. Zip, zilch, nada.

But for this neanderthal to suggest that parliament weakens our economy, is like saying that only HE can save us. Talk about a God complex.

Parliament makes Canada unstable: PM
Markets worry about confidence vote, Harper claims
By Juliet O'Neill, with files from David Akin,
Canwest News Service
January 12, 2010

OTTAWA — Parliament is creating an image of instability for Canada in global markets -- and it isn't a bad thing that it has been suspended until the beginning of March, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested on Monday.

In an interview with BNN television, Harper was asked if Canada's reputation as a stable democracy will suffer from his prorogation of Parliament. Harper said there was "zero risk" of that.

In fact, he said it's when Parliament is sitting that Canada's stability comes into question. That's when "the games begin," he said, and his minority Conservative government faces the constant threat of defeat and an election. (Bull ... months go by with no chance of a confidence vote)

"As soon as Parliament comes back, we're in a minority Parliament situation and the first thing that happens is a vote of confidence and there will be votes of confidence and election speculation for every single week after that for the rest of the year," he said.

"That's the kind of instability I think that markets are actually worried about. But you know the government will be well-prepared and I think Canadians want to see us focus on the economy."

"So that's what we're going to be doing."

More than 175 of the country's political scientists, legal scholars, and university philosophers have attached their names to a letter protesting Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament.

It is the latest in a volley of criticism at Harper since he decided, on Dec. 30, to prorogue or suspend Parliament until March 3. More than 150,000 people have now joined the group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament on the social media site Facebook.

Daniel Weinstock, who holds a Canada research chair in ethics and political philosophy at the Université de Montréal, said he penned his letter to build on the groundswell of interest in the issue.

"Given the short-term, tactical, and partisan purposes served by prorogation, and given the absence of any plausible public purpose served by it, we conclude that the prime minister has violated the trust of Parliament and of the Canadian people,"

Weinstock wrote in the letter, which appears in its entirety on page A13i n today's Citizen,.
As well, the influential and right-leaning Economist magazine condemned the move. In a recent editorial, is said: "Mr. Harper's move looks like naked self-interest.''

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