Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Michaëlle Jean and the Con Attack Machine
I wanted to give Michaëlle Jean the benefit of the doubt, when she said two years ago that she saved Stephen Harper's Con regime during the Coalition Crisis, in the higher interests of the nation.
My preoccupation was really to make the best decision in the interest of the country. What was best for the country.
Q: In terms of what informed or guided you, was it the best interests of the country, full stop?
A: History will judge. But I think that everything that I anticipated happened. And this was part of my thoughts.
But I think that Peter Russell's views about what really happened are closer to the truth.
She was afraid of the Con attack machine.
Constitutional scholar Peter Russell told OntarioNewsWatch.com this week that weighing on Ms. Jean’s mind at the time was the likelihood the Tories – had they lost office – would have poisoned confidence in the coalition government through a PR campaign framing the change as an illegitimate transfer of power.
The Conservatives, he told the Ontario-based news website, “have a huge publicity machine” at their fingertips.
Not just afraid of what it might do to the country. But also I believe of what the beast might do to HER.
Four days after the Prime Minister publicly explained that Jean and her spouse had both undergone thorough background checks... there came to light, on August 17, the existence of a documentary in which Jean had been filmed with several hard-line Quebec separatists, all toasting "to independence" after Jean stated: "Independence can't be given, it must be taken."
And who can blame her eh? Because can you imagine what the Con Attack Machine of Personal Destruction might have done with that one?
But the fact remains that it was probably fear for herself, as well as fear for her country, that explains why Harper was able to bully her into saving his government. And why he was allowed to get away with portraying a coalition agreement as a coup d'etat. Instead of a perfectly legitimate political arrangement.
And in that regard she did her country no service. By among other things preventing Canadians from seeing the true face of Harper, and how he'd do ANYTHING to hang on to power and win his precious majority. Because he does love power almost as much as he loves himself.
"When you walk in the door, all you see are pictures of Stephen Harper," said Ms. May "I'd say between every window, in every available space of the wall, at eye level, every available space has a photo of Stephen Harper."
And he is really CRAZY eh?
Still, in other interviews Jean has talked about how she was monitoring public reaction to the crisis. And if she had looked out of the window of her castle, she would have seen lots of angry Canadians, but not enough of them in the streets.
Which at the end of the day leaves me with these haunting questions: what if we had been millions?
Instead of just thousands...
And of course, when will we ever learn?
Only by raising our voices and taking our anger to the streets will we be able to at least slowdown the destruction of our country.
The Cons are grotesque bullies but we must never be afraid. Michaëlle Jean failed to save our Canada.
But our attack machine will show the Cons no mercy.
And we will save it for her...
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