Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Day Stephen Harper Was Grilled Like a Criminal
It was without a doubt the best Question Period I have ever watched.
The day Stephen Harper was finally forced to answer questions about the Senate scandal.
And was roasted like a chicken, or grilled like a criminal.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper faced a barrage of hostile questions in the House of Commons today over his former chief of staff's repayment of Senator Mike Duffy's expenses. At times, Harper seemed shaken under persistent, specific questioning by Opposition NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in particular.
Mulcair, a former lawyer, seemed like a prosecuting attorney, with terse one-sentence questions aimed at Harper as if he were an accused on the witness stand. Again and again, the prime minister was asked what he knew and when he knew it.
When was Harper informed of Nigel Wright's cheque to Duffy? demanded Mulcair. When did he first speak of the matter to Wright? What directives did he give to Wright? And why did it take days for the prime minister to move from complete support of Wright to accepting his resignation?
Tom Mulcair was magnificent, hammering Harper with one quick question after the other so he didn't have a chance to gather his thoughts, or parrot the party line.
Justin Trudeau also asked some good questions:
Given that the news of Wright's involvement was reported on May 14 on CTV News, the night before Harper says he found out about it, Trudeau asked, "Is the prime minister so unaware of what's going on in his own office that he didn't know about it the night before, when the news broke?"
And the way they both pounded Harper left him looking like a palooka on the ropes, or a man trying to hide something...
The worried looks on the faces of his caucus told the story. If the Con sheep were depressed before, now they must be DESPERATE.
You can watch the tape of what happened in the CBC story, or read Aaron Wherry's excellent account here.
But what I take from today's episode of Question Period is this: Harper had a chance to come clean, he didn't. He's still trying to pretend that a control freak like himself didn't know what was going on in his own office. He's still concealing documents. And he doesn't want a public inquiry. So now it's officially a cover-up.
And what I enjoyed the most was seeing that long before today's Question Period was over, the bully Harper was so battered and bruised he couldn't even get out of his seat...
He just slumped there looking beaten and humiliated, and let his faithful seal James Moore take the rest of the questions. And in the process make the Cons look even more RIDICULOUS.
“Mr. Speaker, we certainly agree that Canadians expect and deserve accountability. That is why the Prime Minister, both in his entire term as prime minister and again here today, has shown accountability and leadership that Canadians have come to expect,” Mr. Moore proclaimed, pointing with both index fingers. “The Leader of the Opposition asked questions. The Prime Minister has answered.”
For surely they know, like Harper almost certainly knows now, that this scandal has the potential to destroy them all. Damage the Con brand beyond repair. Demolish what's left of Harper's credibility. Smear him like he would smear his enemies.
How ironic eh? And how fitting. What a way to go. Tripped up by his Big Lies. Basted by his own sleaze. Skewered by his own Turkey Senate.
Or roasted like a Duffy...
Oh sure, Boss Harper isn't beaten yet. He will do ANYTHING to cling to power and try to mutilate Canada beyond recognition. But the stench of this scandal will taint everything he does, and follow him all the way to the next election.
We'll make sure of that. And his days are finally numbered.
Lordy. I don't know if I can handle all this good news. Not after so much bad news. Not when I live in Harperland where hope goes to die.
But you know what? Tonight it was really wet and cold and foggy where I live. Definitely not a night to be waiting for the ferry to pick me up and take me home...
But I didn't really mind the rain in my face tonight, because after all that's been happening recently, it only reminded me that just like the rain we are going to make this country clean again in the next election.
Wash Harper and his Cons into the gutter where they belong, and back to the sewer they came from.
Even if after so long, I still can't quite believe it eh?
Our ship is coming in at last. The death-like fog of Harperland is slowly lifting. The truth will set us free.
And brighter days are coming...
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