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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Michael Harris Catalogues (most of) the Crimes and Sins of Stephen J. Harper
A dandy little digest from iPolitic's Michael Harris. Call it a trip down the soiled and sullied Memory Lane of the Harper Imperium. A quick glimpse or two to whet the appetite:
"Consider the prime minister’s bizarre statement that a person doesn’t necessarily have to be charged to be punished. That’s a truism, of course — in China and Brunei.
"But here? It now appears so. We have a punisher-in-chief who plays whack-a-mole with anyone he wants, anytime he pleases. For this guy, being in politics means never having to say you’re sorry.
"No one should be surprised that the PM wants the three amigos hanged high. Remember, Harper has led the lynch mob before without waiting for the RCMP to complete their investigations.
"...Let no one be fooled. No matter how Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau may have transgressed, we don’t bury people in the sand, coat them in honey and let the ants get to work under the noonday sun because the PM has been caught out in a tacky scheme.
"That’s right — I’m one of those quaint fellows who believes one elected to office is responsible for the actions of his senior staff. The “Nigel Did It” narrative is horse balls under a parliamentary democracy founded on ministerial responsibility. As for the morality play some Harper puppets want to make of this, the wise words of Oscar Wilde apply: “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
It's a dandy column. Follow the link above or here.