Monday, January 04, 2016
Michael Harris On Rona Ambrose and the Con War On Electoral Reform
As we all know, Rona Ambrose can on occasion, and even without realizing it, be quite funny.
Like the time she found herself agreeing with Australia's Stoner Sloth that marijuana makes you stupid.
Because she should know eh?
About the stupid.
And as Michael Harris writes, her war on electoral reform is a real comedy.
Rona Ambrose is turning into the best stand up comic in Canada, though the joke seems mostly on the official opposition. Like a mosquito at a nudist colony, Rona thought being opposition leader would be easy work. There’s so much exposed flesh in the government’s spending plans, the only question should be where to begin drilling? Instead, she hit a dry vein. She and her advisors opted for electoral reform as the juiciest morsel to try to tear into.
For there really isn't a more hilarious or more absurd sight than a Con posing as a defender of democracy...
While threatening to use her Con stooges in the Senate to block a bill by the duly elected House of Commons.
And after all her depraved leader Stephen Harper and his political thugs did to our democracy.
While she looked on and said nothing.
Where was Ambrose’s vehement commitment to democracy when Pierre Poilievre was giving his pathetically partisan response to the Robocalls scandal? Only sad little “Skippy” could confuse doubling down on skullduggery with reform. Still Ambrose didn’t seem to mind rigging the electoral system without a referendum when it was her team that was doing the rigging.
Why would she scream for a referendum now? When her master never held one on anything, even WAR...
Harper did not bother with a referendum when he decided to take this country to war. If there is a graver public policy decision, I can’t think of it. War is the ultimate crossing of the Rubicon. The people you send over that river often don’t come back. Can you recall Ambrose clamouring for an approving referendum before dropping bombs and killing people in the name of all Canadians?
And why can't she understand that Justin Trudeau already won a referendum on electoral reform?
When he promised to scrap the first past the post system, and won the ELECTION...
As much as Ambrose and her media enablers may not like it, the results of that poll were decisive. The Liberals won in a landslide and now have the mandate to govern that exceeds any that the Harper Conservatives could have claimed. The Liberals had more votes, a higher percentage of voters, and more seats than the Conservatives. As a result, Ambrose is left with a mandate to oppose, not to obstruct.
So Ambrose should respect that mandate, stop trying to whip up the mob for crass political purposes, and start apologizing for the crimes of the Harper regime.
For Canadians will remember how faithfully she served it, and its depraved leader...
They will remember that her former boss treated press conferences like trips to a leper colony. They will remember that the Harper government ran vicious, partisan, and largely fictitious attack ads against its opponents well before any writ was dropped.
They will recall how the government of which Ambrose was a senior minister altered documents and choked off information in ways unseen in Canadian history.
And they will never forget that your party ultimately stood for just three things: non-stop campaigning; milking the base for cash; and as Tom Flanagan once said before being sent into deep space orbit, bowing down at the leader’s feet.
They will remember the nightmare, and as I pointed out last night, if the Cons and the Con media force a referendum, it will be used against them...
And it will only damage them further.
You know, we did quite well in the last election and we did bury the regime, and a good number of its ministers and MPs...
But an alarming number did survive, so I know we can do better.
And once we reform our electoral system. As we must and we will.
We'll send all the others to join them...
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