They wouldn't make such a big stink if a Liberal, a NDPer or a US Democratic president had decided to offer the Opposition a two-month extension to the Christmas break, to which they agreed!
Reader Orville H. reminds us that Parliamentary leaders (the government only has a minority, mind y'all!) had to consent to the proroguation (as opposed to having it "dictated" to them, as the Big Old Media wrongly, disingenuously implies so much right now), as well as members of the Big Old Media, via e-mail:
It isn't a surprise that a majority of the people on Face Book are talking of immediate return to parliament by the MP's. They are obviously ignorant of the fact that all party leaders had agreed that they wouldn't return till Jan. 25 and there never was a question about them sitting now, so I suspect the Face Book people have a problem with all MP's.Heh. FaceBook Leftists. Astroturfin', teabaggin', mobster, violence-minded, extremist, swastika-displayin', all-racist, hatin' a white man in 24 Sussex Drive, "community"-organized freakazoid moonbats told to join FaceBook and bash PM Harper and the Tories. How predictable. Guess they're now afraid to show their gas-mask-hidden faces on the streets now that their whole scam of "demonstrations" has been demonstrated as, well, an Astroturfin' teabaggin' "community"-organized scam, almost entirely unrepresentative of Mainstream Canadiana.
Of course, suddenly, Canadians, shockingly, are aware (Wtf?! They're suddenly aware of what's happening in Canadian politics?! How incredibly odd and unusual for such busy, generally-not-paying-attention folks to be aware!) for the simple reason that the BIG OLD MEDIA HAS BEEN MAKING A BIG STINK TOP AND BOTTOM OF EACH HOUR EVERY DAY FOR DAYS!
If the Big Old Media had told us all day long for months about the shocking, historical exposure of the "Human Rights Commission" scam that's been going on for decades, then Mainstream Canadiana would know and would be indicating they want the HRCs abolished and the human-rights-trampling fascists within brought to justice for their abuses of Charter rights and freedoms! But the Big Old Media was all Three Monkeys. All see-hear-speak-no-evil. So only the folks who have been paying attention in the right places online were aware, not the folks who depend on the papers, CBC, CTV, etc., for their "news".
Unlike their appalling cover-up of the HRC scandal, and unlike the US-Canada Big Old Media coverup of the scandals surrounding Obama, ACORN, CAIR, the Obama-appointed Hard-Left Extremist "Czars", etc... the Big Old Media is suddenly pretty much talking about nothing but the supposed "dictatorial behavior" of PM Harper and the Tories. Sheesh. What difference will it make at all that the MPs will take a couple months off, WITH THEIR LEADERS' CONSENT?
I don't recall the Hard Left and the Big Old Media making a big stink over when the Liberals under the Merciless Chretien used to screw around with Parliament, needing only the consent of their own mercilessly-whipped MPs (they always had a majority, a gift borne of a temporarily fractured, vote-splitting non-leftist opposition).
Neither does Rex Murphy, in his article Crocodile Tears for the Dignity of Parliament.
Mr. Murphy reminds us of what the Liberals did to thumb their noses at Parliament.
He mentions the time Chretien called an election to terminate an entire Parliament (not just a session for a couple of months!) unilaterally to call an election simply for the purpose of destroying the just-elected-leader of the Canadian Alliance Stockwell Day, and returning with another majority, with the whole election a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money (and during which Liberal hitman Warren Kinsella gleefully, hatefully commited the human-rights crime of mocking someone's Pentecostal religious beliefs on live national TV for partisan political purposes, something he, a big-pussy hit-and-run-and-sue-everybody-for-saying-hey bully, would never, ever do to a Muslim political opponent!).
Mr. Murphy reminds us of the scandalous, fatal torture of Somalia's Shidane Arone. On the Liberals' watch. And he reminds us that the Chretien Liberal Reich terminated the judicial inquiry just like that... apparently because it was getting too close to hurting the Liberals themselves! I don't recall much of a massive outcry in the Big Old Media and amongst the Hard Left regarding that.
That searing inquiry into Arone's brutal death was called off by straight fiat of the Chretien government -- stopped in its tracks -- because (according to one newspaper account at the time) it "regularly unearthed incidents embarrassing to the Liberals." Harper's prorogation has, by contrast, interrupted or temporarily stayed the parliamentary investigation into the current controversy. This is not something he can or should boast about -- but neither is it as "final" as the previous, full termination in the somewhat parallel case.Big difference between outright, unilateral, permanent termination on the Liberals' part and, on the Tories part, mere temporary delay.
The Liberals hid the truth completely, permanently. The Tories are not doing that at all. Big difference.
Granted, Harper and the Tories aren't perfect. No leader, no party, no government ever has been, is, and ever will be. But there's no doubt that the Liberals are already self-demonstrated to be the worst. And yet they want Canadians to believe that they're better? Sheesh! Ah... all the more reason to remind Canadians of how much worse the Liberals always have been, and always will be, as long as the party continues to be controlled by the same old Rich Men Behind the Red Curtain.
So if the opposition wants to jam Stephen Harper for terminating this session of Parliament, they should content themselves with simply naming what he has done: He has seen an advantage to ending this session now, and for tactical and partisan reasons he has acted to end it. He has played the mirror to their own practice.
A larger politician would not have done so. A politician with a deeper regard for Parliament than Mr. Harper has, would not have done so. Respect for Parliament, however, is not a standard either party has earned the right to raise. In the current debate, it is merely a tattered flag of convenience for them both.
So, while the Harper Tories can hardly cast the first stone themselves, it behooves the Big Old Media and the Hard Leftists screwing around on FaceBook to admit that the Liberals are the worse party, and that we must maintain this perspective. But don't hold your breath, for the Hard Left and Big Old Media are also, like the Liberals, worse than the Harper Tories, so Mainstream Canadiana should be watching the whole thing with this perspective and using their rational, fact-and-history-enlightened brains.
Maybe the Hard Left should consider voting NDP, eh. Oh, wait! Please don't! Because Mainstream Canadiana would crucify any party that brings in Communism as we're witnessing the American Obamacrats doing so against the wishes of Mainstream Americana (whom the Hateful Hard Left and Big Old Media love to pejorate with the homosexually-saturated vulgar slur "teabaggers").
So we must remember who's the worse party (Liberals) and who's the not-that-bad-and-still-doing-a-good-job-anyway-overall-with-a-minority-of-the-MPs party (Conservatives).