Friday, March 07, 2014
The Con Regime and the Attempted Muzzling of Marc Mayrand
It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle. Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand called to testify before a House of Commons committee.
To talk about the foul voter suppression bill known as the Fair Elections Act, and the Harper regime's attempts to muzzle him.
Only to have the Cons try to muzzle him again, by breaking a deal they had with the opposition, and scheduling a vote in the Commons, just as Mayrand was preparing to address the committee.
Which had even the MSM gasping in disbelief.
And the NDP's David Christopherson reacting like this...
And when Mayrand finally got to testify, what he had to say couldn't be more damning.
"My biggest concern is that, at the end of the day, Canadians will be denied the right to vote. Even though they are citizens, qualified and perfectly legitimate," Mayrand told reporters after speaking to a House of Commons committee.
"We have to be careful because in the next election, if those rules go through, you will see in your riding how many people will be sent away."
Because when those who want to vote cannot, we are no longer living in a democracy.
Of course what Mayrand couldn't say, was that most of those who could be denied the right to vote, just happen to include those most likely to vote against the Cons.
As Ed Broadbent does here.
Inspired by the voter suppression tactics used by the Republicans to disenfranchise marginalized groups in the U.S., the new election law would make it harder for certain groups to vote. The law would end the ability to “vouch” for the bona fides of a neighbour, a tool that allowed 120,000 voters — disproportionately aboriginal, youth and seniors — to cast ballots in the last election.
Having spent more than two decades in the House of Commons, I can think of no prime minister who has been so focused on undermining electoral participation and public debate.
But then some things no longer have to be said. Not in a country with a Prime Minister like Stephen Harper.
Who when asked by Tom Mulcair why his foul gang voted overwhelmingly to let the Con clown Brad Butt off the hook for blatantly lying to Parliament.
Had the nerve, or the lack of decency, to say this.
Not in a country where more and more ordinary citizens now know only too well the true nature of Harper's thuggish regime.
In the minds of many Canadians, the values that have become the hallmark of the Conservative party are lying, cheating, bullying, and hypocrisy. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words” and because of their actions as a government, these values have become identified as an integral part of the Conservative brand.
Harper and his like may think they are manipulating their power cleverly, but in the end they are writing their own epitaph.
And let's hope those feelings lead to the biggest voter revolt this country has ever seen.
Because although I don't agree with this controversial cartoon.
For the Cons aren't Nazis.
They ARE acting like fascists and they MUST be stopped.
So even if you are as tired as I am of this filthy Harperland, this moral squalor, this never-ending democratic nightmare.
And I'm so tired I can hardly read the words on the screen in front of me.
We must find the strength to shout this out so all Canadians can hear it:
Fight, them, fight them, fight them.
Don't let them win...
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