Over the past week multiple publications have been calling for nothing short of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s resignation. Between the multiple failings that have plagued his term as Prime Minster, including but not limited to, The RoboCall Election Fraud, Prorogation of Parliament no less then 4 times to avoid previous calls for his resignation, Violations of First Nations Treaties and the sale and destruction of the Canadian Environment, Guaranteeing large portions of the Canadian Economy to China, Harming the Canadian workforce by mandating Temporary Foreign Workers be employed over fully capable, trained and often times already hired Canadian workers, Supporting Israel over Canada in burying a Canadian Forces report that concluded the “IDF acknowledged and then murdered Canadian Forces personnel” in light of ‘preventability’ (We’ve dug up Harper’s buried report for you here), And of course the latest Senate Expense scandal involving exclusively the Prime Ministers own appointments to the Senate. This is but just a small list of the reasons why this author as well, would like to also see Prime Minister Stephen Harper resign.
Here are some other journalists & politicians that would like to see Harper resign
Bruce Stewart, Columnist for Beacon News has the following to say:
“This isn’t about “beating on Harper means letting Duffy off the hook,” as one passionate Albertan put it to me yesterday. Both are oath-breakers. Both deserve their fates.
The problem with the motion being forced in the Senate to suspend Senators without pay isn’t that somehow the perpetrators of repeated expense account-driven pocket-lining will “get away with it” if it doesn’t happen. It’s that due process isn’t being followed. It’s that it’s being treated as a whipped vote on party lines.
Should Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau, (Mac Harb already resigned), and the others in that chamber we haven’t caught onto yet remain Senators? If they took their oaths seriously, they’d have resigned ages ago — in fact, they’d have never played expense games in the first place.
But they didn’t treat their oaths seriously. Neither has the Prime Minister.
Stephen Harper is responsible for the actions of his officials. That means that when people in his Prime Minister’s Office arrange for his political party to write a cheque (as, in the amount of some $13,000, was done for Senator Duffy) to hide the expense fiddles, Stephen Harper is responsible to the House for it. When Nigel Wright whipped out his chequebook (whether he was reimbursed from party funds or not, no one yet can say), Stephen Harper was responsible for that act. When the PMO has given talking points to the principals involved in this situation, Stephen Harper is responsible for that.
Responsibility is a Canadian invention: upholding our traditions and institutions in this case means more, even, than in any other Westminster-style Parliamentary system, because this is our contribution to democracy. It is that “the Minister is responsible to Parliament for the actions of his (or her) officials”.
When they act inappropriately, it”s a failure of management, with the responsible Minister of the Crown as the manager. The traditional response to that is to offer one’s resignation to the Prime Minister.
When it”s the Prime Minister, the resignation is offered to the country, by stepping down.”
John Robson, writer for the Sun Media umbrella of publications, jumps on the sudden outbreak of common sense bandwagon as well with this:
“Unless it is OK for the prime minister to lie repeatedly and openly on an important matter, Stephen Harper must resign or be dismissed.
On Monday, Harper told a Halifax radio audience he “dismissed” former chief of staff Nigel Wright over the mysterious $90,000 cheque to Sen. Mike Duffy. But last Thursday, he told the House of Commons Wright “resigned.” So one or the other was a brazen, in-your-face lie.
When pressed in Tuesday’s question period he haughtily declared, “Mr. Speaker, the facts are very clear. Mr. Wright acted inappropriately, and for that reason, I very clearly explained to him that he no longer worked for me.” If so, Harper lied to parliament five days earlier.
What is especially galling is it’s all a matter of public record.”
Steve May, Member of the Sudbury Federal Green Party Association had this to say about the Dishonorable Prime Ministers recent conduct.
“Enough is enough. Which version of the “truth” will Prime Minister Stephen Harper try to sell Canadians tomorrow on his involvement in the Senate Scandal – a scandal which threatens to consume his government, his political party and himself.
“Truth” isn’t something which can be made up as you go along. There can only ever be one sequence of events. Yet, in the six months during which the Senate Scandal has dominated the news, our Prime Minister has changed his definition of the “truth” numerous times, in an attempt to gain partisan advantage. Canadians simply don’t accept that the truth can be manipulated in this manner. It’s time for Conservatives to consider a palace coup at their convention coming up in Calgary at the end of this week. That or the Prime Minister should do the honourable thing, and resign – before Canadians have the chance to dismiss him, and the rest of his party, in the next election.”
Even Yahoo! News is covering the story.
“There are some that are suggesting that Stephen Harper cannot survive this scandal.
It’s the most tumultuous period of his reign as prime minister and raises questions about his credibility. The common refrain has become: ‘Harper is either lying and knew about Nigel Wright’s $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy or he’s incompetent because he didn’t know what was going on in his own office.’
Are Stephen Harper’s days numbered?”
Back to Calgary again, This time Andrew Coyne from The Calgary Herald brings us this scathing report on the failures of the Prime Minsters Office lately.
“The Prime Minister is not responsible for appointing Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau to the Senate. He is not responsible for appointing senators from provinces in which they were not resident, and he is not responsible for their subsequent activities shilling for the Tories across the country at public expense.
And he is most certainly not responsible for the clandestine campaign, involving officials in his office, the chairman of the Conservative Fund Canada and several leading Conservative senators, to repay Sen. Duffy’s falsely claimed expenses on his behalf and conceal his misdeeds from the public. He is not responsible for his spokesman’s statements, even after the plot had been exposed, praising Duffy for “doing the right thing” and vouching confidence in his chief of staff, Nigel Wright.
On the other hand, he is responsible, by his own account, for telling Duffy to repay his expenses, though he had for months denied having any involvement with the file, and he was briefly responsible for “dismissing” Wright, though he had earlier claimed he resigned, and though he now seems unwilling to say which version is operable.
But he is not responsible for the current campaign to suspend the three senators two years without pay for “gross negligence” – a made-up penalty for a made-up offence, meted out by a process that seems to change by the day. He is not responsible because, as everybody knows, the Senate is wholly independent of the prime minister – as independent as his own office.
He is not even responsible for answering questions about his responsibility in this affair. He does not answer questions from the media, and when called upon to answer questions in Parliament as often as not passes them off to his parliamentary secretary. Even when he does answer questions, he doesn’t answer them.
The notion that Stephen Harper should bear any responsibility for the actions of his staff, or indeed his own, is one of those quaint relics of a bygone age, like outdoor showers or honesty. There was a time when public office holders were expected to take responsibility for these things, as a matter of personal honour if nothing else. But conventions last only as long as they are observed. Today, the prime minister clings to his position – I was the victim of a conspiracy involving everyone around me – as tightly as Sen. Duffy clings to his paycheque.
Once, it was a convention that members of the cabinet were bound to uphold the policies of the government, and to be accountable for them, and that if they could not support those policies, they could not serve in that government. That, too, has long since ceased to apply.
There does not seem to be much that does bind the government: not convention, not its own promises, not even basic facts. It issues deficit projections at the beginning of the fiscal year that bear no resemblance to the figures that go into the books at the end. It claims to be on track to meet its greenhouse gas targets even as its environment commissioner issues reports showing that it is not even halfway there. It continues to defend its costing of major defence purchases even after the auditor-general has found them to be fraudulent.
So the revelations of how far senior government officials were willing to go to lie and cover up in the matter of Sen. Duffy’s expenses should be no more shocking to us than it apparently is to the prime minister. I don’t want to say there was ever a convention that people in politics shouldn’t lie, but there were once some limits of decency: You could lie, but you couldn’t lie.
But these days it seems the only expectation is that you should not actually break the law. What once were honest lies have been rechristened “spin,” a term that is itself the best example of what it describes: Even the liars can’t tell when they are lying any more. Should we be surprised that, in all this spinning about, they get a little giddy – that the closer they spin to the edges of legality, the greater the likelihood they will fall off? But then, it is only a convention that we obey the law.”
Will common sense and the rule of law finally find their way back into the halls of Canadian Parliament? Will Prime Minster Harper resign? Or are we doomed to continue down the slow but steady path to tyranny with infallible dictators and servants below him, never seeing the inside of a court room or a jail cell and with a fluid and ever changing definition of truth and fact.