Stephen Harper has done it again, he crossed the line, was too clever by half, and now he has pissed off more people than anyone could have imagined. He prorogued parliament when there was no need to. People have reacted. The breaking story on the CBC website garnered over 4200 comments, the breaking story in the Globe & Mail logged over 2000 comments, all withn 48 hours.
The Facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament now has close to 58,000 members. The debate on Facebook group is passionate, the activity intense. He has unleashed a tsunami of protest.
An election is on the horizon when parliment resumes sitting in March, and you, Mr. Harper, are responsible for this one. You, and you alone. You reached too far, you assumed too much, and you were too arrogant.
Let talk about fixed term elections, free votes, and coalition governments; maybe even proportional representation and an elected senate. Let's discuss democratic reform, because you, Mr Harper, have demonstrated that we really need it.
Let's discuss our war in Afghnistan.
Let's discuss our support of Israel and your view, Mr Harper of the anti-semitism problem in this country. Why is the Jewish vote so important to you?
And let's dicuss why national security matters trump open, accountable government.
Let the debates begin. Screw re-calibrating the economy, Mr Harper, and this is not business as usual.
This is playoff politics now. It's going to get exciting.