Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The Biggest Difference Between Boris Johnson, 2019, and Stephen Harper, 2008.
Boris Johnson tried to prorogue Parliament and he got ingloriously shot down - first by the high court of Scotland and then by the entire 11 judge panel of the British Supreme Court.
Flash back to 2008. Stephen Harper, facing a similarly unruly Parliament, hopped a ride over to Rideau Hall and sweet talked Michelle Jean, always a doubtful starter, into proroguing our Parliament.
What's the difference? That would be the Ignatieff Liberals, forerunners of the current Trudeau Liberals.
The Liberals failed Canada. They didn't raise a finger to defend parliamentary democracy. Iggy used the extra time off to finish a biography of his mother's family, the Grants.
Stephen Harper stymied Parliament and got away with it. BoJo tried to stymie Britain's Parliament but the opposition stood up for Britain and soundly defeated Johnson in the courts.
2008, that's when my 40-year allegiance to the Liberals ended. What had been was no longer. Still isn't.