Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Pierre Poilievre and the Great Turkey Senate Scam
Oh. My. Gobble. I see that Pierre Poilievre is still trying to pretend that his foul Unfair Elections Act is perfect.
But that if the Cons in the House of Turkeys want to make it even better, he might welcome their recommendations.
"I'm prepared to defend every single measure in the Fair Elections Act," Poilievre told CTV's Power Play on Tuesday. But he added: "From the beginning I've said if there are good ideas that will make this great bill even better, then I am happy to hear them."
When in fact the bill is hideously flawed, those recommendations are only a SCAM designed to put lipstick on a pig.
What Conservatives senators have really done is give the government cover to suddenly shift course, drop their bullying demeanour and pretend to be reasonable and conciliatory then go ahead and pass a deeply flawed bill with nothing more than cosmetic tweaks.
As Craig Scott, the Toronto New Democrat and his party’s democratic reform critic put it: “They’re putting lipstick on two pigs — themselves and this bill.
And Stephen Harper and his filthy Con regime are still counting on the ignorance or the indifference of Canadians to ram the essence of that foul bill through Parliament.
They already know that four Canadians in 10 don’t vote, six in 10 in the age category 18-25 didn’t vote in 2011 and that swath of the electorate is paying no attention to the legislation.
They believe opposition MPs are hearing from constituents because the election act has become the latest vessel for anti-Harper sentiment but once passed, opposition criticism will simply sound as so much bleating from losers.
But I think they're making a big mistake. Because even the MSM hasn't fallen for the Senate scam.
The Conservative government may finally be waking up to the enormity of its own recklessness. With the Fair Elections Act, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre wasn’t just taking aim at Canadian democracy. He wasn’t just going to war against evidence and experts. He was taking a gun, loading the magazine, cocking the hammer and pointing it at his own head and the government’s.
Finger on the trigger, he’s now wondering if anyone might suggest ways to lessen the chance of injury. The Conservative majority on the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, having barely begun its study of the bill, is already recommending that he remove some of the bullets. Some, but not all. Here’s a better idea, for the country and the Conservative Party: Put the gun down.
The more they hammer away at the bill, the more Canadians will come to understand and hate it.
And I truly believe the Cons have underestimated the anger out there...
Because I've never seen an issue arouse such strong emotions.
Or so much boiling rage directed at those responsible.
An investigation into a threatening letter sent anonymously to the home of Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre – the man spearheading the controversial Fair Elections Act – has led RCMP to question at least one other letter-writer who wrote and signed his own message to the minister criticizing the bill.
And when police are fingerprinting 73-year-old men, you know the Cons have a problem.
Canadians may be a complacent lot, but they will defend their democracy.
And they seem to understand what the Harperites do not.
You can't put lipstick on that bill.
And you can't put lipstick on a Con...
We will use all of this against them.
And it will help destroy them...
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