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Better democracy through swearing


 

Stephen Maher finds reason for optimism.

I found Trudeau’s outburst tremendously encouraging, because it showed that opposition MPs are finding new ways to draw public attention to this government’s willingness to smear its opponents and stifle debate… 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government often looks authoritarian and mendacious, and he’s often accused of failing to respect Parliament, but when you look at all the stories about Trudeau cursing, you see that Parliament will continue to matter if MPs find ways to make it matter, and they will do that, because their careers depend on it.


 

Better democracy through swearing

  1. Oh come on, Trudeau used the attention to spin Kent “prevented” Leslie from going when he didn’t.  Not accrediting is not the same as preventing.  He still hasn’t corrected that statement to the press.  May went and so could have Lesie.  What?  She used up her travel allowance going to Washington, DC to lobby against Keystone XL?   Boo hoo!

    • BS Leo

  2. “I found Trudeau’s outburst tremendously encouraging, because it showed
    that opposition MPs are finding new ways to draw public attention to
    this government’s willingness to smear its opponents and stifle debate.”

    Well, first, even by Trudeau’s own admission, he just flew off the handle. There was nothing premeditated about it. He wasn’t ‘finding a new way’ to draw public attention, he fell into it (stepped in it?). Maybe not Pat Martin, but you’re giving Trudeau way too much credit.

    Second, is this really how we want to make things better? By swearing more? Sheesh. Respect for parliament is already at an all-time low… we’re going to make things better by making it worse? By being less respectful of parliament? I get that the Harper government is frustrating, for the same reasons Maher cites, but surely to pete we can come up with something a bit more substantial and meaningful that swearin’ it up, can’t we?

  3. Wow, what an incredibly original line of argument:   the ends justify the means. 

    And why do the ends justify the means?  Well, because your opponent is 100% evil, and you are 100% good, of course.

    Remember that, kids:  life is utterly simple, and all people and issues can be classified as either all good or all bad.  Complexity, nuance and balance do not exist in this universe.

    • “Remember that, kids:  life is utterly simple, and all people and issues
      can be classified as either all good or all bad.  Complexity, nuance and
      balance do not exist in this universe.”

      Well stated…that’s the most accurate, concise, insightful summation of Con politics I’ve seen in a while.

  4. Coming soon: Bob Rae’s office issues a press release consisting of nothing but FUCK HARPER FUCK HARPER FUCK HARPER repeated several hundred times. It is widely praised by bored by bored press gallery members as a brilliant and incisive commentary on those mean, nasty and above-all uncivil Conservatives.

    Meanwhile, Harper wins another majority.

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