If you were Prime Minister of Canada and you saw the attack on free speech ruining people lives and their reputations through an organ of the government, what would you do?
Would you sit back idly as Harper has done and treat the issue as just one of many secondary issues? Or would you rise to defend a pillar of our democracy and risk it all to ensure that our fundamental and inalienable civil right to speak freely was protected?
The problem today is that our politicians don’t care about freedom. They care about power. But here’s the rub: the more concentration of power there is, the less freedom there is.
Stephen Harper likes power. He likes it a lot. That explains why he keeps his MPs on a tight leash. It also explains why he’s done nothing about the star chambers in this country. It fits his modus operandi. After all, how can you criticize the muzzling propensities of the HRCs when you, yourself, employ the same tactics on your own caucus?
I’m no great fan of Preston Manning but Keith Martin nails Harper spot on in this remark…
It is difficult to see from the outside, but the pillars of our democracy are being eroded. The reason for this comes from the top.
Prime Minister Harper is a follower of a mid-twentieth century American political philosopher called Leo Strauss. Professor Strauss believed that the best form of government is one where a small number of people, who are predestined to lead, tell everybody else what to do. He did not believe in the power of citizens exercising their wishes through their elected officials. Mr. Harper, like U.S. President Bush and Vice-President Cheney, is a follower of Professor Strauss’s ideology and is behaving accordingly. Mr. Harper tells his cabinet ministers what to do and what to say, and leaves his backbench MPs as little more than wallflowers. This is in contrast to his predecessor, the former leader of the Reform Party, Preston Manning, who believed in grassroots democracy. Their two views on governance are polar opposites and likely explains why Mr. Harper quit before the end of his first term as an MP in the mid 1990s. (Source)