Saturday, March 22, 2014
Stephen Harper's Supreme Day of Humiliation
It has to be the most humiliating moment of Stephen Harper's political life.
He tried to appoint a judge to the Supreme Court who wasn't properly qualified, for crass political reasons.
He rushed the appointment through Parliament, and then tried to change the law retroactively to make it legal.
He tried to subvert the Constitution, outrageously. And got taught a lesson he'll never forget.
The Harper government figured it would teach the Supreme Court justices a lesson by appointing Marc Nadon to their midst. Instead, the justices taught the Harper government a bunch of lessons.
Among the lessons: Don’t play politics with the judiciary. Don’t play fast and loose with the law. Pick the best-qualified, not the average. Understand the Constitution.
And one he thoroughly deserves.
The Harper government thoroughly deserved the complete rebuke it received Friday from the Supreme Court of Canada. The Prime Minister and Justice Minister Peter MacKay mishandled everything in their attempt to place on the court someone whose conservative ideology rather than legal expertise commended him to the government.
Because no Prime Minister has made a mockery out of our democracy, or debased our country's values more than him and his foul Con regime.
No other government would have tried to appoint a semi-retired judge, with a record of overturned decisions, to the nation's highest court.
For the sole reason that he agreed with them in the shameful case of Omar Khadr.
And only the Con regime would have tried to change the law retroactively, by rushing the changes through Parliament, in an omnibus budget bill, wrapped up in their Porky Action Plan.
As it is, at least this all results in the phrase “economic action plan”—as in, “Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2,” the bill’s short title—making it into a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, where it shall be preserved for eternity for future legal scholars. (Another victory for branding.)
For they are SHAMELESS.
And he would debase everything he touches...
And the really scary part is that they almost got away it:
They almost succeeded, which ought to produce a lot of soul-searching among those who care about the integrity of the courts. The country’s legal profession remained abjectly silent in the face of a less-than-satisfactory process that produced an obviously ideological appointment.
The parliamentary committee barely studied the candidate, in fairness perhaps because MPs were given so little time to investigate a nominee about whom so little was known. Law professors, with a few exceptions, clammed up despite their beloved tenure. It took the Supreme Court, by a resounding 6-1 majority, to say “No.”
Until they were stopped in their tracks by an ordinary citizen who refused to stay silent...
Who was wondering today, with good reason, why he had to pay to clean-up Harper's mess.
“It was like a university exam — I’m glad it’s behind me,” he said in a phone interview.
But he said he was still “disgusted” by two things: That no one “in the state apparatus” — which he said meant the PMO, the department of justice, even the chief justice’s office that swore in Nadon — objected to the appointment; and two, that it took a private citizen like him to challenge it.
He’s about $30,000 out of pocket given the fees he had to cover, but it would have cost someone about $250,000 to hire a lawyer to carry the challenge, he guessed.
But is of course an example to us all.
Just like the ordinary citizen who blew the whistle on Brad Butt's outrageous claims that he had personally witnessed voter fraud...
And left him looking as ridiculous as Stephen Harper must be feeling today.
On what was supposed to be his Big Day.
Posing as a champion of democracy in Ukraine...
While having to dodge questions about his latest attempt to subvert democracy in Canada.
Or trying to explain why his own actions are leading his own citizens to revolt.
For that is what is happening.
Every day there are more of them saying enough is ENOUGH.
And it couldn't be more ironic eh?
He has always hated the Supreme Court, he treated it with contempt, he debased it, he wrapped up his filthy scheme to subvert the Constitution in the Porky Action Plan.
Only to end up debasing himself...
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