Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Little More Backbone Please

On Sunday Stephen Harper paid a visit to Rideau Hall to receive the Governor-General’s permission to dissolve Parliament and call an election.

It was reported that his reasoning for such a move was that Parliament had become dysfunctional, and legislation was not getting passed. The real truth was more like he knew the poll numbers were in his favour, and his intelligence told him the Liberals were a lesser threat now than at any other time. He may want us to believe that he cannot get a majority government, but I am certain he knows that he could; especially when the Bloc Quebecois are not getting all the warmth and adulation from the people of Belle Province. If these be the facts, then his violation of the Fixed Date Election Law (Harper’s own law tied to the Accountability Act) has been undertaken strictly for strategic motives. In which case, suggests that some subterfuge has been done to get the GeeGee’s nod.

I have no doubt that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is a smart woman. As a former television reporter I am sure she has seen much politicking to know a rat when she sees one (I am not calling the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister a rat). For that reason, given that she had the option to inform Mr. Harper to go back and try again, I think she did our country a disservice. Elections are expensive and distracting. Few people really want one right now. Farmers are harvesting right now; if you are a farmer and a candidate too, then something is going to be sacrificed. These are just a few of the reasons I can think of for not holding one right now. Therefore I conclude that Her Excellency the Governor-General could have employed some backbone in refusing Stephen Harper to proceed any further.

Of course, as they say in baseball, “It’s too late but for the bellyache.”


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