Our mendacious prime minister, Sideshow Steve Harper, was practically bursting with glee yesterday over the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Harper, true to his vile form, issued a statement. “At this key juncture, I hope the people of Venezuela can now build for
themselves a better, brighter future based on the principles of freedom,
democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”
Freedom, democracy, the rule of law, Steve, really? All those things you treat as obstacles to be swept away? But, since you raised the subject, let's recall Venezuela's last election, the fourth for Chavez. It was just last October and, for Chavez, it was a squeaker.
Better than 80% of eligible Venezuelans turned out to vote (it's voluntary there). Chavez came away with just over 55% of the vote compared to 44% for his rightwing opponent, Henrique Capriles. That's an 11 point spread, Steve, and, in my book, that's a pretty free and democratic outcome.
By contrast, Steve, three out of five Canadians didn't vote for you and yet you rule (you don't govern, Steve, you're a ruler) as though they did. You rig election results, you gag the public service, you gag the Canadian Forces, you bury your administration within omnibus bills. You're the Master of Secrecy and Deception and yet you contend it's Venezuela that has a democracy and freedom deficit?
You know what's democratic, Steve? Respecting elections where the winner gets a genuine majority of support and emerges with an 11-point victory over his opponent. It's not the promotion of democracy you're after, Steve, it's the advancement of your twisted ideological agenda.
Sure their opposition leader lost by a larger margin than you won a majority government on, Steve, but that's just a reflection of how damaged democracy and freedom has become under our own Parliamentary debacle.