The Undemocratic Arrogance Of The Harper Conservatives In Stunning
"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall"
Stephen Harper leads a minority government. The large majority of Canadians did not vote for him. In Canada's Parliamentary system, the minority party which attempts to form a government is expected to work with the other parties and try to cooperate to bring forward legislation and budgets.
In 1979, unable to win the support and votes of the majority of Canadians, Joe Clarke became a minority Prime Minster. Clark immediately announced that he was going to govern as if he held a majority. His arrogant style failed, he was defeated on a Budget vote and the nation went to the polls to elect a new Parliament. Mr. Clark's arrogance did not sit well with Canadians and he was returned to the Opposition benches.
Thirty-two years later, we have another very arrogant (and Conservative) minority Prime Minister who has decided to test fate, and repeat Joe Clarke's strategy. Rather than work with any other political party, Harper has decided that his lack of cooperation, stubbornness and arrogance will be rewarded with a Majority by the people of Canada.
He is deluded. He will be defeated. To preserve his minority administration, he needs to step back from the brink, temper his arrogance, play nice with others and amend the Budget substantially. Anything short of that will see the end of his time as Prime Minister of Canada.