Contempt For Us All

No one seems to care that our government, the government of Canada…ahem! You, there! Pay attention, please- that’s government of the people, by the people and for the people- has been found in contempt of Parliament. For more on the Contempt charge and the ruling itself, read here and *here.

That’s contempt. C-O-N-T-E-M-P-T. Of Parliament. For the first time in our country’s history! At the risk of sounding condescending…DOES NOBODY HAVE THE FAINTEST CLUE WHAT THIS MEANS?!!!

WE are Parliament. We, the people of this flawed, beautiful, wonderful country. Every man, woman and child. From sea to sea to sea (props to the Beaufort!). WE are the people the Harper government holds in contempt.

WE elect the Members of Parliament who sit in the House of Commons and THEY represent us. They speak on OUR behalf. They would not be there if not for US and the power of our vote. That is what Parliament is.

Parliament is us and we are Parliament.

And they hold Parliament- they hold US- in contempt. That means they have no more regard for our rights as citizens than if we were head lice. OK, maybe not head lice, but you know what I mean. We are merely incidental to the power they hold and cling to with increasing desperation. We are a means to an end.

Effectively, this government has declared that the voting public is stupid and hasn’t got the will or the voting power to hold this or any other government to account.

Sadly, despite the contempt ruling and what it means, I have every reason to believe that the Conservative Party of Canada will win a majority in the coming election. They will then proceed to usher in a new day that fulfills the most ardent wishes of the religious right to whom they owe their power: to strip away the rights of women in this country, beginning with hard-won sexual and reproductive freedom.

I don’t know what it will take for my fellow Canadians to wake up to the dangerous path we’re on in this country. Our rights are being systematically chipped away, with wording buried deep within legislation that the other Parliamentarians can’t be bothered to read, let alone debate effectively or vote on in an informed way.

All the while, and perhaps not surprisingly, the voting public continues to disengage as we creep (or careen, depending on your level of pessimism) towards a benevolent dictatorship.

And no one seems to care.

Prove me wrong. Please.

*Thanks to @roseneath_rd for her pointing me in the right direction

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3 thoughts on “Contempt For Us All

  1. I looked into this. the opposition asked for financial documents relating to procurements made by the government for military acquisitions. A number of representatives said the request was satisfied, while those from the opposition party said that more could have been given, even if that meant exposing secrets. I tend to think that when matters of national security are in question, it’s better to err on the side of caution. The sticking point seems to be that the government felt that to provide absolute disclosure of everything would be to breach articles that protect confidentiality. Whereas, those that wanted to force a new election, thought that confidentiality didn’t matter. Their argument wasn’t so much that they had something better in mind, just that they should be in power. At no point in any of the articles did it say the government WAS in contempt; only that the opposition recommended the government be held in contempt. I think it irresponsible to say something happened when it didn’t. The government satisfied the request to the best of their ability without breaking the laws that protect right to privacy, confidentiality, and our nation’s right to security. I am sure that had they provided the documents, your blog would read “harper breaches confidence and risks security”…nice try though.

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