Stephen Harper's cynical decision to use this stunning international showcase to impose an entirely alien despotism on Canada's long tradition of democracy is truly a potential turning point.
Proroguing Parliament to avoid dealing with the Afghan detainee issue represses political debate on the rule of law, the honesty of government and the non-partisanship of our civil service. It's a kind of soul theft that will, if unchallenged, leave deep wounds in the national psyche.
We may never recover. And the implications are both local and global.
Contrary to countless reports, the debacle in Copenhagen was not everyone's fault. It did not happen because human beings are incapable of agreeing, or are inherently self-destructive. Nor was it all was China's fault, or the fault of the hapless UN.
"My only thought is how Quebec can have so many incredibly hot women, yet their men all look like Jean Charest. Jeez, even a half-decent looking guy from Humboldt, Saskatchewan should be able to get some trim in Montreal. Look at the competition, for Christ's sake.