I’ve been wanting to follow up my last post regarding the election for some time. I’ve been doing some heavy thinking. A Conservative Majority would seriously injure this country. Their contempt for parliament, the parliamentary process and the country in general (including its voters) is plainly visible: They don’t even try to hide it. Why, then, do they enjoy any popularity?
The reason came to me in a moment of contemplation on the throne… an appropriate as any to contemplate politics. The contempt shown by the Conservatives, and especially the contempt shown by their leader, Stephen Harper, is a reflection of the contempt of the Canadian people. Do Canadians have contempt for parliament? Almost certainly. And it’s miss-placed. I sincerely hope that Canadians don’t have contempt for each other — and on that score, maybe people can start to feel contempt for Stephen Harper, but contempt for parliament concerns me.
What is the root of our contempt for parliament? Is it inability of parliament to reflect any (as in “not even some”) of the values Canadians hold? Is it the inability of parliamentarians to keep promises they give or craft laws that Canadians desire? Harper is hardly the solution to this particular problem and contempt for parliament is hardly a direction, if taken, that will lead to a solution.
For just a short time, let’s ponder our contempt and what’s really required to fix this mess.