Friday, November 12, 2010
Stephen Harper's Outrageous Assault on Parliament
He has shut our Parliament down. He has debased it with his bully boy tactics. And now he is threatening to simply ignore it.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he doesn't need the approval of Parliament to deploy nearly 1,000 military trainers to Afghanistan for three years because the mission won't involve combat.
And lying through his teeth.
In a recent interview with Maclean's magazine, retired general Rick Hillier said: "You can come up with all kinds of schemes to hide away in camp and train people for the Afghan army, but they lack credibility.
"If you try to help train and develop the Afghan army … you are going to be in combat."
So why is he doing this? Answer: because he knows the Liberals are divided and he can play them like suckers.
Mr. Harper has been under intense pressure from Canada’s NATO allies, ahead of the alliance’s summit in Lisbon this month, to keep some kind of presence in Afghanistan. This obvious flip-flop should provide a stockpile of ammunition for the Opposition. It would, were it not for the fact that the Liberals have already indicated their support for a continued training mission.
So instead of respecting the supremacy of Parliament, or respecting the wishes of the Canadian people, the Liberals now find themselves siding with Harper and providing him with political cover.
How dumb can you be?
Enough is ENOUGH. If Canadian soldiers are going to spend three more years fighting and dying in Afghanistan, it requires a vote in Parliament. Period
And if Bob Rae thinks that selling his new book Exporting Democracy is more important than defending democracy at home.
“Whether there's a parliamentary resolution is not a matter of law (or even custom) but a choice of the government,” Mr. Rae said. “In the current circumstance I fully understand the government's decision.”
He should resign or complete his tortured political journey by joining the Cons. The shabby old stooge.
And of course, the same thing goes for Ignatieff himself. The blithering idiot.
If we allow Harper to get away with this ultimate gesture of contempt, we will be nothing more than a Banana Republic.
"My position is that if you're going to put troops into combat, into a war situation, I do think for the sake of legitimacy, I do think the government does require the support of Parliament," said Harper
"But when we're talking simply about technical or training missions, I think that is something the executive can do on its own."
With a President or Chief Executive instead of a Prime Minister.
Our troops deserve better. And so does our country.
The stakes have never been higher. If it takes an election to save democracy in Canada.
And put that tinpot dictator in his place.
I say bring it on NOW...