I am not a supporter of any of the existing federal parties, including the Greens. But I am alarmed, and surprised, by how tightly the government now controls Parliament, how easily parties put their own interest ahead of the public interest, and how mean our public debate has become.
In Canadian parliament, party members MUST vote according to party dictates or be kicked out of their party in order to finish out their term as a powerless independent — unless one of the other parties will have them. So it really, really matters who the leader is because he or she will make the final call as to what the policy will be. I think more people decide which party to vote for based on who the leader is rather than who their MP will be.
To which Harper replied, "You like handcuffs?"
"... so we're all in the bus, and Stephen Harper isn't in the bus, and we're all going after the communications people, saying 'Look, Stephen Harper stakes a lot of his reputation on the Afghanistan file - here's what happened, here's what your guy has said, yes he's been suspended, but we want to hear from Stephen Harper about this,' '-Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeah.'
So the bus goes up to the winery, we're waiting for Stephen Harper to come, and then we're all being told 'Well no, he's not going to comment,' y'know, and we're standing by the door where he's supposed to arrive, the bus pulls up - and the bus keeps going. He doesn't get off where the bus is supposed to stop, it goes to the yards in the back where there's supposed to be this photo op, so all the cameras move over to where the photo op was, and then you ended up with this weird, odd, freaky stand-off, where Stephen Harper was off in the wine fields having the 'photo op', and these cameras are waiting for him to come out - and not moving, so Stephen Harper doesn't move, so it's just, tick, tick, tick, tick, and then the RCMP came in and were sort of told to push the cameras - move the cameras away, and they actually came up to the cameras and started moving [Makes pushy motions], and you end up with this, y'know, bizarre scene where Stephen Harper's, y'know, campaigning for reelection for Prime Minister, is sort of standing sheepishly in the background, instead of coming up and just commenting on this, uh, while the police are just puching the media away, uh... it just seemed kinda unseemly, all because of this - again, because of this e-mail that went out from his communications officer."
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