Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Michaelle Jean: The Great Betrayer
I turned on the TV today to watch Question Period, only to be confronted instead with the sight of Michaelle Jean bidding a tearful farewell to the troops.
And it seemed so fitting. Because she was always a ridiculous chickenhawk, but she was no help to Canadian democracy.
I had such high hopes when she was appointed. She was smart, black, and glamorous. But her role in demolishing the Great Canadian Coalition, destroyed those hopes, and has almost destroyed our country.
I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, now that I've heard her side of the story.
I think it was a labour of raising awareness and raising also the responsibility of being well informed and of making the effort to learn about our political system. Because there’s going to be before and after. History will judge. But I think that everything that I anticipated happened. And this was part of my thoughts.
But I just can't. The truth is she should not have allowed Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament. Our system of government allows for the formation of a coalition. She could have helped educate Canadians about that simple democratic fact.
But by caving in to the Cons she betrayed her own people, left the country in the hands of maniacs. And allowed Stephen Harper to keep wielding the "threat" of a coalition as a weapon to attack the decent progressive parties of this nation.
The damage that has been done to Canada since that decision can never be properly quantified. It's too enormous and shattering. But her legacy will not have to await the judgement of history. Because it's already in.
When we needed her the most she let us down. She was nothing but a Con tool.
And history will never forgive her...