From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition Is Bonkers

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Albert Einstein

That is precisely what the opposition parties have been doing since Harper's ascension to the throne. They wail and moan, take to the airwaves, filibuster, present amendments and yet Harper's agenda merrily goose steps along. They win no concessions nor score any victories and at best they manage to slow this dystopian agenda ever so slightly.

It is time for the opposition to start bending some rules or perhaps even breaking a few themselves, you see playing by the rules when your opponent refuses to do so himself will almost always result in defeat. For a start when the Conservatives unjustifiably take a committee in camera provide us with a transcript of said meeting. While that would be certain cause to controversy it would at least put a greater spotlight on this vile undemocratic practice .

While doing something along those lines would be nice and signal that the opposition is finally prepared to, well you know,  oppose, in the end it will not accomplish much beyond the symbolic. The opposition parties must become even bolder than that if we are to see any real impact in stopping the Conservatives dismantling of Canadian civil society. To that end I propose a couple of options who's time  I believe has come.

Either occupy the chamber refusing to allow business to proceed or boycott the place altogether. Parliament no longer functions as it should, continued participation only lends a legitimacy the place no longer deserves. Yes, yes I know that makes me seem bonkers myself but desperate times do call for desperate measures.

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