Monday, December 15, 2008

Harpers Senate shenanigans, and hope lost

I will give Prime Minister Harper this, he sure has decided that come hell or high water, he will do as he pleases, and that takes, well, we know what it takes, and it's not integrity. Here is a man who has spent his life screaming out for senate reform, and an end to patronage appointments. Yet he, more than most before him, has used the plush promise of partisan presents to reward his most loyal, and by loyal, I mean staunchly conservative supporters. The former leader of the now defunct Canadian Alliance and now PM, was pressuring Paul Martin to push then PM Chretien to put his "elected" Alberta buddy Bert Brown to the senate. He said that for Martin to be taken more serioulsy out west, he would need to push for reform of the senate.

I could go on and on, the well known raison d'ĂȘtre of many reform, then alliance now conservative members has been to reform the senate, and Stevie Harper was their loudest cheerleader, now he is going to give 18 of his conservative colleagues the biggest Christmas gift many of them may ever get. Thank heavens for the smell of Christmas cookies or the stink from Harpers massive flip flop would ruin the season.

Let's see how he has done on senate reform since being elected PM. Fortier, un-elected senior conservative figure, close to Harper, put in Senate, than Cabinet, never answers questions on the floor of the house, fantastic accountability.

Very little if any legislative agenda focus of reform, lots of talk, no action.

Now the 18 Senate elves, line up, take their post, and smile all the way to the bank. And as for Stephen Harper, it's not like he has to face tough questions about it in the House, remember he shut down Parliament. Our economy is tanking, we now have word the mortgage crisis will affect us in a big way, plants are closing, jobs being lost, but Stevie needs time off, and lets remember, all that patronage stuff can be tiring.....bah humbug

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