Thursday, December 06, 2012
The Legitimacy of the Harper Majority is No Longer In Question. It's Over, Finished.
It wasn't just a troubled warplane that crashed and burned with Harper's decision to cancel the purchase of the troubled F-35 light bomber. The legitimacy of the Harper majority government crashed and burned alongside it.
In addition to the robocalls and other election chicanery, Harper won his majority by lying his ass off about the true cost of the F-35 programme. Harper lied, MacKay lied, the whole sorry lot of them lied straight into the faces of the Canadian public.
Look at it this way. If the Harper regime's chronic and blatant lying had been exposed just a few days before the vote, does anyone think he would have won a majority? He probably would have been run straight out of power. If we had caught Harper out on his lies in time, today's Tories might look a lot like the PC's in the post-Mulroney apocalypse.
Stephen Harper doesn't speak for the Canadian people any longer. He speaks for his hardcore supporters, fair enough. But he can't claim to speak for those he conned into voting for him with his bald faced lies.
The Harper government is illegitimate. And that illegitimate government has no right to push something like the Northern Gateway pipeline down my province's throat.
If Harper had any integrity he would step down, resign. He should be scheduling the next moving van back to Calgary. His cabinet should resign, especially all those tainted by the F-35 scandal, all those who added their own lies to Harper's.
You cannot attempt to scam the Canadian public out of thirty plus billion dollars and claim yourself fit to govern. That's a breach of the public trust that, in a better world, would send a fraud artist like our prime minister straight into one of those new prisons of his.
Yet Harper is already working furiously to spin his way out of this. It's going to come down this way:
1. Oh no, we didn't cancel the order. We hadn't actually ordered the plane anyway.
2. We already announced we were going to hold a full-fledged fighter competition. The F-35 is still in the running, sort of.
3. Sure the numbers look really bad but how were we to know? We didn't lie, the bureaucrats kept us in the dark. We can fix that by firing a few senior civil servants.
I only hope somebody in the opposition ranks has the guts to nail Harper on this. I hope.