Lib­er­als should go for the kill

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Michael Ig­nati­eff must im­me­di­ately state that he will do ev­ery­thing in his power to bring about the de­feat of the Harper gov­ern­ment if he is to have any cred­i­bil­ity as leader of the Op­po­si­tion and of the Lib­eral party.

The one-man mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment led by Stephen Harper ig­nored the demo­cratic rights of Par­lia­ment and the duly-elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Cana­dian peo­ple by pro­rogu­ing to avoid em­bar­rass­ing, and pos­si­bly crim­i­nal, con­se­quences to his min­is­ters. In the process, much valu­able leg­is­la­tion was erased.

It is time that this seem­ingly au­to­cratic, al­most despotic rogue mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment was called to ac­count for its use of the par­lia­men­tary tech­ni­cal rules to frus­trate and immobilize the ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

Stand up and be counted, Michael Ig­nati­eff.

He must show real lead­er­ship or move over and let some­one else do it. Any­thing else and he would seem to be a pa­per tiger.

Af­ter all, only 145 Con­ser­va­tive mem­bers were elected out of 308, which shows that the ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans didn’t want them to be the gov­ern­ment. A. Bruce McDon­ald Dart­mouth fer­ence but why bother when the ones who are sup­posed to rep­re­sent­ing us do not care while they don’t have to worry about freez­ing on the streets and, un­like some se­niors, don’t have to de­cide what to give up to stay warm and in their homes?

Shame on the premier. The only rea­son he ad­mit­ted to any­thing is that he got caught. This new gov­ern­ment shouldn’t knock the last one, for its clos­ets need clean­ing out and I hope that when it comes time again to elect a gov­ern­ment we won’t for­get this.

The needs of the peo­ple should be the first pri­or­ity for MLAs, not their own needs. Bev­erly Joseph River Ryan

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