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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stephen Harper's Totalitarian Regime

The long delayed resignation of Canada’s Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier clearly shows the pathetically small talent pool Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to choose from inside his party. It also shows that the PM would rather have fight to protect the job of a mediocre, or totally incompetent, Minister rather than relinquish the sort of totalitarian control he exerts over the government of Canada.

Bernier left his position this week after it came to light that he had left classified government documents at the home of a former girlfriend who has been reported to have direct ties with organized crime.

The incident came to light after several previous gaffs by the minister that included a public demand of the sovereign government in Afghanistan to remove the governor of Kandahar province from office and announcing his intention to use a Canadian military aircraft for foreign relief efforts but discovered there wasn’t one available.

Although it will doubtlessly get the lion’s share of media attention, the resignation of Minister Bernier is not the real story that needs to be reported. The real story in this is the reason why the resignation of this Minister was not asked for far earlier. On the surface it appears to be a story of ministerial incompetence but it is also a story of an incompetence that is only surpassed by the clear lack of judgment and blind ambition of Canada’s Prime Minister.

For months the opposition parties have pummeled Stephen Harper with questions related to Bernier’s ability to do his job and the security concerns he posed in the sensitive foreign affairs role. For just as long Stephen Harper brushed those concerns aside and went on the attack against the opposition members who asked questions on the issue.

In taking this dismissive approach to such a serious situation Stephen Harper inadvertently exposed his true motives for keeping Bernier in the role. Harper exhibited a level of poor judgment that should never be tolerated in a Prime Minister and proved that his political aspirations in Quebec, Bernier’s home province, and his burning need to completely control every aspect of governing Canada are the driving force behind his actions.

Canada’s Prime Minister sees himself as being more like a U.S. president than a Canadian PM. In reality the PM is simply the top minister within the nation. The entire cabinet is supposed to manage the interests of the Country, not one man. Stephen Harper does not see it that way.

Instead of elected officials leading Canada, as the system intends, Mr. Harper has surrounded himself with a hand full of cronies inside his office who are actually running Canada without ever being elected or ever being answerable in any way to the Canadian public.

The government of Canada today has very little to differentiate it from the leadership of the former Soviet Union. Closed door decisions, tight control of press coverage, elected officials turned into impotent figureheads, bureaucrats fired for doing their jobs and the public kept in the dark while being led in a direction that is at the sole discretion of one man, whether they like it or not.

In Canada, democracy appears dead and the smoking gun rests in the hands of one man, Stephen Harper.

Over the coming days the opposition parties in Ottawa and the press corps will no doubt want to know exactly which sort of documents were left exposed by the former minister and whether national security was ever at risk. Based on what we've seen of Stephen Harper to this point in his regime I'm willing to bet he'll claim he can't discuss the documents because they're classified.

Only in Canada.

3 comments:

NL-ExPatriate said...

Hapless Harper is supposed to be such a great leader according to all of the pundits and polls.

The mark of a good leader is to be able to lead other people. That means picking a choosing those who will fulfill the appropriate roles in your organization.

This is like the third choice of cabinet position that has turned out to be a total failure.

Climate minister Rona Ambrose
Defense minister Gordon Oconnor
and now Foreign affairs Maxime Bernier.

I would also say Bev Oda was a poor choice. Then again I guess it is like Myles mentions in here that Girly man Harper doesn't have much to choose from.

Anonymous said...

"The government of Canada today has very little to differentiate it from the leadership of the former Soviet Union. Closed door decisions, tight control of press coverage, elected officials turned into impotent figureheads, bureaucrats fired for doing their jobs and the public kept in the dark while being led in a direction that is at the sole discretion of one man, whether they like it or not."

THAT doesn't sound like any local government I'm familiar with!

Vernacular Song said...

The federal system of governement is simply not needed.Not in the case of Newfoundland and Labrador anyway.

If we now vote Liberial we get killed by the Liberials new carbon Tax law that they wish to implement.If Harper gets a majority Newfoundland and Labrador is Doomed to be punished by a prime minister that has a major hate on for the province.

Our only hope is to elect officails that will go to Ottawa and represent the province.Pretty simple,can we do it,or do we have to kick and scream our way into the new canada !!!

Let's not wait and see shall we!!!

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