Thursday, May 9, 2013
The question is not "can we trust Harper to govern?" but whom does Harper trust?
While the opposition, both NDP and Liberals are attacking the Harper government for lost money, and for wasted money on self-promoting ads advertising Action Canada job grants (nothing of which is actually in the government's budget) there is a much bigger question, that looks more at the "empty spaces on the canvas" that at those obviously glaring at the observer.
It is not so much a question of whether the Harper government can be trusted to govern, although that is certainly a reasonable and legitimate question, given the evidence of mismanagment that abounds.
It is more a question of "Whom does Stephen Harper trust?"
Clearly, he does not trust scientists, academics, members of the public service, his backbenchers and the members of his Cabinet; he does not trust Palestinians, nor the RCMP, nor public servants like the Auditor General whose reports, (both current and previous) are glossed over, refuted or outright shredded as incomplete. He does not trust the Eurpoeans to get their economy back on a solid footing; he does not trust the United Nations, as witnessed in his standing and failure to gain a seat on the Security Council for Canada, for the first time since the organization was founded.
He muzzles the members of the backbench and there is now a government edict forbidding RCMP officers from even meeting with members of parliament or Senators, simply to provide information that would be part of the parliamentarians' conduct of their nonmal responsibilities.
It is not merely the failure to account for large sums of public monies, but the insouciant manner in which the matter is dismissed as if it is of no account by the government that matters.
One has to wonder too, if the prime minister trusts workers in this country, especially those in public corporations, where his government intends to play a larger role in their bargaining process and in the assignment of executive remuneration.
From the Ottawa Citizen, May 9, 2013 by Kathryn May:
The government estimated it would eliminate about 19,200 positions as it phased in the $5.2 billion spending cuts from the 2012 budget. It has so far eliminated about 17,000 positions.Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Hundreds+more+affected+notices+seven+government+departments/8361260/story.html#ixzz2SpOCGEaDHas Has the prime minister grown cynical, or were these the true colours of the man from the beginning, faintly camouflaged with unctious smiles and telegrammatic answers to as few reporters' questions as he could manage even in the height of an election campaign?