History lesson for Liberal hypocrites


by admin on January 20, 2010

I am filled with black despair when I recall the bilge water Canada’s national political pundits dumped on an admittedly politically ignorant Canadian public since Parliament was dissolved via a process called prorogation.

Columnists the likes of Ottawa Citizen’s Susan Reilly and Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson have declared war on Stephen Harper’s government because he dared to prorogue Parliament. According to the howls of outraged Liberally-bent media messengers the days of democracy in Canada are numbered and Harper is a malevolently evil dictator that Hitler (if still alive) would have gladly invited to holiday at Bertchesgarten.

Now it comes out -mostly in letters to the editor from the hoi polloi (we the great unwashed) – that prorogation of Parliament was not a departure from historical precedent. Not by a long shot.

The Great Jean Chretien prorogued Parliament three times- the last to quash investigations into his role in the putrid Adscam scandal.

We didn’t hear a peep about the illegality of such a move from our Liberal press. Not a peep.

Our great Emancipator and Communist wannabe Pierre Trudeau used prorogation three times. But each time he didn’t alert Canadians with his famous “Just watch me” slogan he made famous during our Quebec “Troubles”. Not a peep

“Uncle” Louis St. Laurent, Liberal PM in the 1950s found prorogation useful three times in the space of 11 months. Not a peep

These Liberal prime ministers seemed to find three prorogations to be a common link. Harper only used it twice but the Liberal Chicken Little media chorused, “The sky is falling down! The sky is falling down!”

In all, prorogation has been used to abruptly shut down Parliament no less than 105 times since Confederation.

And yet you wouldn’t have known it from what TV newscasts and newspaper news items broadcast week after week. How many blowhard politicians were given time to spout off about prorogation without a historical fact to interfere with their diatribes.

I spent years as a newspaper columnist and I realize how hard it is to churn out copy to a deadline. Pressure to produce leads to shortcuts and cutting corners factually if necessary. But only on minor points that don’t impinge on the column or TV bit’s essential core truth.

This was shameful misdirection and someone or something should be taken out to the woodshed and paddled – publicly.