Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Incredible Humiliation of Stephen Harper and Pierre Poilievre
Golly. I don't know who looked more more beaten or more pathetic today, Stephen Harper or Pierre Poilievre. It was too close to call.
But what is certain is that both were humiliated beyond belief.
Harper slapped in the face by the Supreme Court, and sent crashing to the canvas.
Stephen Harper threw in the towel on Senate reform Friday after the Supreme Court slammed the door on his hopes of a quick fix for the scandal-plagued upper house.
His hapless stooge Poilievre forced to walk like a burro backwards on his Unfair Elections Act.
The Conservatives are backing down on some of the more contentious aspects of their proposed electoral reform bill after months of blistering criticism that said Bill C-23 is undemocratic and could disenfranchise thousands.
Forced to bend like a willow in the wind, or whatever...
And all I can say is ding dong, like Poilievre, the wicked bill has been neutered.
Ding-dong, the Fair Elections Act is dead. Or at least amended beyond recognition. After months of mounting opposition, with experts lining up to take shots, opposition parties salivating at the prospect of running against the bill, and some Conservative members begging their leaders to step back from the ledge, the Harper government has finally relented.
After all that sound and fury, after vowing to eliminate vouching, after all those fraudulent claims of massive voter fraud...
All that was left was a pathetic attempt to save face:
The government is still committed to getting rid of vouching, but it’s now promising to replace it with the similar sounding “oath of residence.” If you cannot prove your address, you can sign an oath and another qualified voter can co-sign, vouching – sorry, attesting – to your place of residence. This sounds like a fair compromise, though admittedly designed more for saving the government’s face than improving the electoral system.
Of course nothing conceived by Cons is perfect. The bill still doesn't give the Chief Electoral Officer the power he has requested to compel real fraudsters to testify. Like the Cons who tried to steal the last election and might try to steal the next one.
And it would still prevent the Chief Electoral Officer from promoting democracy:
One area where Mr. Poilievre still won’t budge is on his plan to prevent Elections Canada from engaging in democracy promotion. He is, however, promising amendments that will allow the agency “to support programs that explain voting to primary and secondary school students,” which is also something the Senate recently called for. Elections Canada’s outreach program for kids would be permitted to continue, but outreach to actual voters would be forbidden.
Because if they can't suppress the vote, they WILL try to discourage it.
But we can use the first problem to remind Canadians how weak the Cons are when it comes to fighting crime. When the robocall trial starts in June, and it can do them real damage.
And as I've been saying for a while, together with the progressive parties we can launch the biggest and most powerful campaign this country has ever seen to get out the vote in the next election.
But in the meantime, and since is the weekend, we should just enjoy Pierre Poilievre's burro act. And Stephen Harper's humiliation.
On some days, politics is marble; on others, it’s mud. On Thursday, life for the Prime Minister was cool and smooth, as the Commissioner of Elections cleared the government of the charge that it rigged the 2011 election in the robocalls affair.
But by Friday, it turned sticky and unpleasant, as Stephen Harper saw his ambition to reform the Senate blocked by the Supreme Court and his democratic reform minister was forced into an embarrassing climbdown on his elections bill reforms, after weeks of damaging criticism.
Because for a control freak like Great Ugly Leader it must have been DEVASTATING...
The combined effect of the Supreme Court decision and the U-turn on the bill that Mr. Poilievre had previously described as “perfect” is a reminder that even prime ministers with a majority mandate are not omnipotent.
Lordy. I feel I should almost be sorry for him. But just like he can't feel the pain of others, I can't feel the pain of Cons.
Not when I'm laughing so hard I'm almost hurting myself eh?
And the best news? The Cons wouldn't have been forced into such a humiliating retreat on the Unfair Elections Act, if Canadians hadn't risen up in such numbers.
Some for the first time in their lives.
And told that wretched cult that enough was ENOUGH...
And if we did it once, we can do it again, and again, and again.
For it is only by fighting them so publicly and so loudly that we can prepare for the next election.
Yup, Once were were the quiet Canadians, and they walked all over us.
But not any longer. Now we are angry. Now we are ready for them.
Bring on the Con Klowns....
For there never was a worse Canadian government.
And it's time they got the HOOK...
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