Wednesday, November 25, 2015
How To Blow Up Stephen Harper's Patronage Appointments
In the last desperate weeks before he was crushed and humiliated, Stephen Harper, must have thought it was a brilliant move.
One that would ensure his insane policies of Total Oily Domination would continue even if he was defeated.
He would stack the board of directors of the National Energy Board with patronage appointments, and make sure they could not be replaced until after the next election.
And since he knew that NEB directors can only be removed after a vote in the Commons and the Con Senate, he must have thought that Justin Trudeau wouldn't be able to do anything about it.
But sadly for Harper he's wrong.
For as Penny Collenette suggests, if you can't blow up those patronage appointments, then blow up the National Energy Board.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government should disband the National Energy Board rather that live with a board of directors stacked into the future by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, says a former top government official.
Penny Collenette, former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s first head of appointments, says that is what she would recommend if she were advising the current government. “I would probably advise disbanding the NEB,” Collenette said in an interview with iPolitics.
And I like that idea a lot, not just because it can be done. But also because one good turn deserves another.
“This was a very deliberate attempt on the part of the former government. They did not know if they were going to be re-elected in 2017, 2018, 2019. Frankly, the appointments are undemocratic… and I would disband it. PCO (privy council office) can do this. This has been done before – not often – but (it has been done).”
Stephen Harper tried to play dirty. He tried to screw the Liberal government as only a political pervert could...
In the case of the National Energy Board, which regulates the construction of pipelines and the import of oil and natural gas, the move means the Trudeau government won’t be able to appoint anyone to the board for years.
So Trudeau should return the favour. And teach the Cons a lesson they'll never forget.
Terminate every one of those patronage appointments. Disband the National Energy Board which is nothing but a tool of Big Oil. Purge every Con from every position of influence. Hold a public inquiry into the nefarious activities of the Harper mob during the so-called Decade of Darkness.
And step up his efforts to bulldoze all traces of the Harper regime...
By whatever democratic means necessary.
And the harsher the better.
The Cons have declared war on his government.
And they must be shown no mercy...
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