You should have seen Stephen Harper this evening in the House of Commons, beaming like a proud father, and clapping wildly, as his Reform boy Pierre Poilievre stood up to vote.
On his Day of Disgrace.
And his equally excited Con sheep bleated their approval of the so-called Fair Elections Act.
On their Day of Shame.
The Conservative government’s divisive Fair Elections Act passed third reading in the House on Tuesday evening by a vote of 146 to 123. It will now be sent to the Senate, where a quick approval is expected. The government hopes to make it law by June.
A bill which thanks to public pressure is slightly better than the original version, but still hideously flawed.
Critics have warned its effect could disenfranchise some voters, reduce voter turnout and tilt the electoral playing field in favour of the Conservatives.
And the way the Cons rushed it through Parliament was a grotesque travesty of democracy. Worthy only of a grubby Banana Republic.
Welcome to the Third World.
Or Poilievre's World. Where making a mockery out of the democratic process, insulting the Chief Electoral Officer, and acting like a totalitarian jackass, means never having to say you're sorry.
Mr. Poilievre offered no contrition Tuesday when asked if he had any regrets about the process. “I’m very happy with how it went about,” he said.
But then why should he be sorry? When he has no shame, and he knows that Stephen Harper likes his Cons that way.
Ruthless bully stooges as fanatical and as warped as he is...
Who he can unleash on his enemies to fire up his rabid base.
By identifying enemies or hostile institutions, or by picking fights with individuals or institutions, Mr. Harper can better galvanize his supporters. The idea of appealing to as many people as possible in the search for maximizing votes is not how he governs. Instead, he looks to his party’s core vote, tries to energize it as often as possible, then finds slices of the electorate to add to the core.
Because in Harper's World, ANYTHING is possible. He corrupts EVERYONE. His bill is an ABOMINATION. And this IS a Banana Republic.
But here's the good news. That foul bill will come back to haunt him and Poilievre...
Because in defence of their indefensible bill the Con bullies attacked a lot of decent and distinguished Canadians. But they did not back down.
It was 99 days that saw a government introduce a bill that would suppress voter turnout and dress it up with a name that evoked images of lollipops and puppy dogs, then wave some non-controversial shiny parts of the bill and hope no one really took a harder look.
But we also saw 99 days during which independent officers of Parliament, past and present, including former auditor general Sheila Fraser, Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and former British Columbia elections official Harry Neufeld, took the Conservative hits but refused to waver.
For the first time in a long time a lot of Canadians came out to defend their democracy...
That struggle will continue all the way to the next election. And that issue WILL hurt the Cons.
Because although far too many Canadians are still too indifferent about the state of their democracy, they will understand simple messages like this one...
And we will use the Unfair Elections Act to cast a shadow over everything the Cons do, and make them look not just diseased, but DANGEROUS.
Lastly, but not leastly, Stephen Harper's frenzied assault on our democracy might finally make the MSM understand the true nature of Great Leader.
Realize that there really is something terribly wrong with him, that he really would turn us into a JUNGLE.
And that as in every jungle.
Indecision can be FATAL...
You know, I have to admit that at this stage in the history of our country, Nature couldn't cull enough of the dumb. Or those who still can't recognize a monster when they see one.
But we won't make the same mistake.
We have seen the enemy, and we know it's a would be DICTATOR.
We shall defend our democracy.
And we shall use it to bring him down...
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