tony clement isn't getting enough emails, let's help him out

Via Antonia Zerbisias on Facebook:
A group of university professors is condemning the federal government's decision to suspend Parliament, but the ruling Conservatives appear unmoved by the latest criticism.

Over 100 professors have signed a letter written by University of Montreal philosophy Prof. Daniel Weinstock that accuses Prime Minister Stephen Harper of violating "the trust of the Canadian people [and] thus acting anti-democratically."

The letter, to be sent to major newspapers in Eastern Canada, is the latest criticism of Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament until March 3.

. . .

The Conservatives appear unfazed by the criticism, however, with Industry Minister Tony Clement saying Monday that ordinary Canadians don't consider prorogation to be a big issue.

"I know it's a big issue with the Ottawa media elite and some of the elites in our country, but I got to tell you if reaction in my constituency is any indication, I've had maybe three dozen emails," he said. [Emphasis added.]

Clement said the government was focused on the economy and the next session of Parliament.

"It may not be what the chattering classes want, but we're not here to govern on behalf of the chattering classes," he said.







Got that?


impudent strumpet said...

"It may not be what the chattering classes want, but we're not here to govern on behalf of the chattering classes," he said.

Translation: "We're not here to govern on behalf of Canadians for whom we can think of a dismissive epithet."

L-girl said...


Now Harper says Parliament brings "games" and instability.

It's so much easier to get things done when you don't have that pesky democracy to deal with.

impudent strumpet said...

Funny how people who don't like parliament keep running for parliament.

West End Bob said...


Very short and to the point, L-girl.

I LOVE it . . . .

redsock said...

From L's "games" link:

Stephen Harper [says] the government can do more important work without MPs sitting in the Commons. ...
"The government can take our time now to do the important work to prepare the economic agenda ahead. ... as soon as Parliament comes back ... the first thing that happens is a vote of confidence ... That's the kind of instability markets are actually worried about."

His logic sounds very familiar ......

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."

George W. Bush, to a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, December 18, 2000, one month before taking the oath of office

Philpot Honeycutt said...

Here's a quote attributed to Harper from 2005:

"When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid assent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern."

Scott M. said...

Betcha never thought you'd agree with Tom Flanagan...

L-girl said...

Indeed. When I saw that this morning, I thought, nice to see a little honesty for a change.

Scott M. said...

I can't believe what I just heard on P&P (where Tom Flanagan aired yesterday): A conservative MP essentially said "Tom Flanagan Who? I don't know who this person is!"

L-girl said...

Do you know he came to Canada as a Vietnam draft dodger? He doesn't admit it, but his background makes it very obvious.