I’m not joking. This isn’t hyperbole. Liberals in Canada are staging an actual political coup to unseat the government, using as an excuse the fact that governing Conservatives are denying the country a bailout.
The public treasury is to liberals what heroin is to junkies. Never underestimate the lengths to which they will go to get their fix – even if it means staging a political coup to overthrow a democratically elected First World government, which also happens to be America’s largest trading partner.
Only a month ago, Canada re-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party to a near-majority with 143 seats in a 308 seat parliament. The next highest number of votes (77 seats) went to the Liberal Party – which has been parked at the trough for so long that it has been branded “Canada’s Natural Governing Party”.
Harper’s electoral message was clear: Proven leadership for troubled economic times. The Liberals offered up a candidate who primarily pandered to the all-important Canadian constituencies of polar bears and artists. He was so lame that even the media couldn’t bring itself to endorse him, which is the canary in the coal mine for a Liberal.
In the last week of the campaign, when parties are typically expected to max out the charge card on handouts to bribe voters with their own money, Harper said that little would be forthcoming. He still won.
But why would liberals let a little thing like an electoral rout get in the way of victory? A month after the election, the Liberals and NDP socialists have decided that it’s time to shove the designated driver out the door and take the wheel.
What set these sensitive souls off this time? Well, Harper said last week that there will be no outright bailout beyond his ongoing tax cutting efforts, and he decided that political parties should forego the funding they’re getting from taxpayers until such time as the economy improves.
Liberals called this latter move “mean spirited”. The audacity of denying Liberal hands the comforting, familiar warmth and shelter of the cash register drawer during the dead of winter!
The Liberals had a crackerjack fundraising scheme for several years, until it was revealed that they were laundering taxpayer funds into the pockets of their party-friendly donors and pals. Now, like a juice-monkey cut off from his steroid supply, they have no game.
Liberals are hoping that a parliamentary vote on December 8th will install them in power, propped up by the socialists and Quebec separatists. And power is the only thing all these factions have in common – besides a pathological addiction to other people’s money.
Normally, even when a government falls on a vote of confidence, an election is called immediately – because without a mandate from the people, it smacks too much of an unelected dictatorship.
This coup essentially ranks the Canadian Liberals above Venezuelan despot, Hugo Chavez, on the corruption scale. Chavez may have recently failed in his referendum to eliminate presidential term limits, but he at least realizes that he has to send it back to the voters.
The Canadian Liberals aren’t even going to do that. They have said that they won’t waste any more money on an election after they take power – despite taking power precisely so they can get to “work” wasting more money. Under the backroom coup deal, they will have free reign to defile the country as they see fit for a minimum of 18 months without having to worry about a pesky election.
The liberal mainstream Canadian media (pardon the surfeit of redundancy in this phrase), which hates Harper because they’re so overtly biased that he often just ignores them, has assumed the usual position:
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, headlines: “‘Four Wise Men’ Would Show Coalition The Way”. Naturally, they’re referring to four prominent benchers – three Liberal and one socialist – whose best years of their lives were spent waterboarding themselves with public coinage. I have a better name for these guys: party hacks. Which is why I’ll never find my byline in the Globe and Mail.
Compare that to the same newspaper’s language in 2005, when the opposition Conservatives were considering a non-confidence vote on a Liberals over the fiscal scandal which was such a blatant cash grab even for Liberals that it eventually wiped out their government:
“Tories, Bloc overpower Liberals – Opposition MPs managed to force a motion through the House of Commons Tuesday demanding the fragile Liberal minority government step down.”
Poor “fragile” Liberals, always being bullied by those mean, “overpowering”, “forceful” Conservatives.
At the time, Harper not only abided by Liberal pleas to hold off on any non-confidence vote for another half-year, but he made it clear that the public would determine government via vote: “The Liberal culture of entitlement goes on. The public must be given a chance to put it to an end.”
Ah, the good old days. Now, if the Liberals have their way, voters won’t have any say about this unelected government. At least not for another 18 months.
The Liberals are talking now about a $30-billion bailout. Canada already has a perpetual bailout and inherent safety net in the form of ample social programs. Anything more is redundant.
Harper’s best option? Adjourn parliament until after Christmas to preempt a non-confidence vote and give these power addicts some time to detox. If they still don’t relent, call an election so the voting public can wipe them off the face of Canada’s political map.
Rachel Marsden is Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate distributing to over 3,000 newspapers nationwide, media and political campaign strategist, political columnist and TV commentator. Her first political book will be published in 2009. This column was also published in Human Events Magazine.