Friday, August 29, 2008

Harper "Authoritarian"? Who Knew?

Furious Steve says that whether he's an authoritarian thug is completely irrelevant to his defamation suit against the Libs. From the Toronto Star:

Harper's lawyers will argue in Ontario Superior Court on Friday that the opinion of political scientist Peter Russell is irrelevant to the prime minister's $3.5-million defamation suit against the Liberals.

Russell, a professor at the University of Toronto, argued the give and take of the Commons, and related arenas, is part of the cut and thrust of free political debate.

"This use of legal action to silence the opposition is characteristic of authoritarian governments," he said.

A spokesperson for the Conservative party has already dismissed Russell's affidavit as simply an opinion from an academic.

Relevant or not, I think any Canadian court can take judicial notice of the fact that our Furious Leader is decidedly authoritarian.

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