No truck or trade with the treasonous separatist traitors! No association with irresponsible tax-crazy spendthrift socialists! What kind of a man would sit down and sign a letter – a letter, for God’s sake! actually sign it! – with these snakes? Good lord! It’s treason! It’s an outrage! It’s insanity! It’s an offence to all things Albertan … I mean, Canadian!
Listen to this vile epistle (and you’ll just have to forgive me if I throw in some commentary) sent by the opposition traitors to the Governor General: “As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the [present] minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve … Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program.” The cheek! And how bloody undemocratic! Can you imagine? Borders on sedition!
They are proposing a completely undemocratic takeover of the government by parties who didn’t even get enough seats in the election to form the government! As if that weren’t enough, they admit to their own odious conspiracy: “We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation.”
After admitting they have been plotting together – with socialists, for God’s sake, with separatists! – they beg for the chance simply to replace Canada’s properly, democratically elected government. No election! No consultation with the Canadian people whatsoever! Can you imagine? Here’s how they put it, the evil little sneaks: “We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority.”
And get this! (I tell you, this could only happen in Canada!) This poisonous little screed is signed – openly signed! – by the irresponsible tax-and-spend socialist Jack Layton, the separatist Gilles Duceppe, who wants to destroy Canada, and … wait for it … STEPHEN HARPER!
Uh … just give me a minute folks. I’ll get right back to you about this. …
Let’s get a grip, people. It’s time for a reality check.
The letter quoted above really was signed by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, and New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton.
The date was Sept. 9, 2004.
The Governor General was Adrienne Clarkson.
The minority government was Liberal. (That’s the word I replaced with “present” in the first line of the letter, just so I wouldn’t give the game away.)
The Prime Minister was Paul Martin.
At the risk of defending Stephen Harper, which I profoundly hate to do, his action in attempting to get the Governor General to approve a change in government without an election in 2004 was entirely legitimate, proper and within the rules of our Parliamentary democracy. Had he succeeded, no one would have had a legitimate complaint that the process was “undemocratic” in any way. Moreover, talking with the democratically elected leader of the nominally independentiste BQ posed no threat whatsoever to the future of Canada, and indeed may have helped to bring Quebec nationalists more into the Canadian family.
Exactly the same is true now, of course, of the efforts by the Liberal-NDP Coalition (with which the Bloc has agreed to co-operate and put aside its separatist ways for the life of the agreement) to try to persuade the current Governor General to let them form a government in the event the present prime minister, Mr. Harper, loses a confidence vote.
Just such a fate likely awaits Mr. Harper if the matter comes to a vote any time soon.
The hysterical Conservative campaign against this completely constitutional opposition tactic – which was brought on by Mr. Harper’s own divisive and radical approach to politics – is intellectually dishonest, completely over the top and treats the electorate as idiots. Were it not for the good sense of Canadians, it would be outright dangerous.
In addition, it is – as we can clearly see from Mr. Harper’s own actions in 2004 – utterly hypocritical.
The sooner we get a prime minister who instead of practicing destructive partisan tricks will deal with Canada’s economic crisis – as leaders in other countries throughout the world are doing – the better.