Goodale commentary: Junkyard Dog Tactics
Not long ago, a Conservative Senator (Nancy Ruth) warned women’s groups to “shut the (F… obscenity) up” or face retaliation from Stephen Harper’s government.
Before that, a Conservative cabinet minister (John Baird) told municipalities worried about crumbling infrastructure that “they should (F… obscenity) off”.
This past week, a Bailiff scoured Ottawa to find the Prime Minister’s press secretary, and other Conservative staff members, to serve them with warrants for failing to testify before House of Commons committees.
Mr. Harper’s government continues to flout a subpoena, issued by Parliament and reinforced by the Speaker, that requires the Conservatives to be honest about what they know about torture in Afghanistan.
They also continue to cover-up the illicit lobbying of former Conservative MP and Caucus Chair, Rahim Jaffer. And they’re stonewalling questions about the sudden expulsion from cabinet and caucus of Jaffer’s spouse, Helena Guergis, who stands accused by Mr. Harper of doing something much worse than her husband.
These are the low standards to which political life in Canada has sunk under Stephen Harper – mean, vulgar, even contrary to low.
And sadly, it’s not by accident. The junkyard dog tactics of the Harper government are deliberately calculated to appeal to the extreme elements among his right-wing supporters. It turns them on. They’re motivated by negative, personally abusive behavior.
But Mr. Harper also counts on something else – he hopes those same tactics will de-motivate his competition.
He wants people in other parties or with no particular affiliation to become increasingly disgusted and wash their hands of politics altogether. He wants them to believe it’s all a grubby game and walk away.
Why? Because it suppresses the NON-Harper vote. It gives the Conservatives an easier ride.
Nothing contributes so much to the triumph of wrong-doing than for good and decent people to do nothing!
Ralph Goodale, M.P.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” ~ Albert Einstein … “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.