Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On the Debasement of Canadian Democracy

This post (about Dalton McGuinty and Chris Bentley's contempt of the Ontario legislature and the Toronto Star's partisan attempt to belittle it) describes something that we should all take seriously.

The Star article mentions that finding a minister in contempt is unprecedented in the legislature's 220 year history. But this was only two years after the harper government was found in contempt for both the Bev Oda lying scandal and the harper cabinet's refusal to share vital cost estimates with the House of Commons.

"How fast you learn the downhill slide."

Is it the case that familiarity (with universal suffrage) breeds contempt? Or are we on a deliberate downward slide as the masters of society have decided that democratic oversight and the rule of law are simply too pesky to be bothered with in the hellish neo-liberal future that their shriveled brains have in store for us?

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