The following letter to the Editor was written by an acquaintance, Fred Schneider. It was published in The Mississauga News on December 9th, where some of it was cut in their editing. Fred’s excellent letter is posted here in its entirety, unedited, with his kind permission:
Let’s have democracy
Re: Crisis/opportunity on Parliament Hill
Unhappy again not to be able to rule Canada on behalf of his friends (who, by the way, were instrumental in the worldwide “economic crisis” in the first place) – instead of governing for the people of Canada – he started the same tactic of blackmailing the opposition into either “causing” another election – which Mr. Harper hopes would give him a majority – or to accept his conservative rule by minority.
However, this time Mr. Harper bet on the wrong stock, so to speak. The opposition had enough of his games with Canadian voters and they united to use their legal avenues to call his bluff.
I hope that Canadians will finally see behind Mr. Harper’s manipulations of parliament. After all, more than 60% of voters do not support Mr. Harper or the Conservatives.
Let’s finally have a government by the people for the people! It’s called Democracy.
This crisis was deliberately caused by Mr. Harper and/or his advisors.
Ever since the 2006 election Mr. Harper was unhappy with his minority government, and time and time again he deliberately(!) provoked the opposition into “causing” another election with confidence issues he knew could or would not be supported by the opposition.
Mr. Harper also knew, as probably most Canadians did, that the Liberals were in no position to take the blame for another election and had to either support conservative policies or abstain from voting on those issues.
When that tactic did not work Mr. Harper called another unnecessary(!) election for October 2008 in which he achieved another similar minority government
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