Sunday, January 6, 2013

How's That Elections Canada Investigation Going?

With all the excitement surrounding "Idle No More" and Chief Spence's hunger-strike, the passing of 2012 and the complete failure of Elections Canada to have completed its investigation into the 2011 election law violations slipped my mind. Until today.

So, ... um, .... yep. Massive violations of our election laws. Wholesale assault on the integrity of our electoral process. Still no report from our elections watchdog.


I guess I'll write about "Idle No More" instead.

So, Montreal Simon has brought the latest example of Christie Belchforth's mental breakdown to our attention. In her column entitled "When aboriginal conflicts aren't stranger than fiction" Belchforth reveals that she's so terrified of "Idle No More" that she can't differentiate between a flash mob and an exploding bomb:
I started to read Doug Bland’s novel Uprising in 2009, shortly after it was first published.
The story is one of armed revolution, or insurrection, by aboriginal young people trained and led by a disciplined core of native veterans of the Canadian army, all of them brought together by a charismatic aboriginal leader named Molly Grace.
I still haven’t quite made my way through Uprising’s almost 500 pages, despite an all-day effort, but reading it now is considerably creepy-crawlier than it was before, amid the widespread protests, hunger strikes, flash mobs and assorted other actions of the aboriginal Idle No More movement.

"A hunger-strike = terrorism" has now become: "A hunger-strike = military insurrection."

And these dingbats want us to take them seriously???

And when we instead smirk or chuckle at their obvious insanity, we're called "elitists." Well, sorry Christie. Sorry your precious feelings get hurt when you get called on your stupidity. (Actually, I'm more sorry that you make a living from your ravings and get to broadcast your nonsense across the nation.)

Here's the biggest howler though. Belchforth sees fit to draw our attention to this part of the novel:
As Andy Bishop, the book’s Chief of the Defence Staff, tells the waffling defence minister as he dithers about what to do about the increasingly real signs that the country is under threat, “My worry is that very few national leaders, or opinion makers, or members of the courts, seem willing to accept the central notion that as a first principle a liberal democracy has the right to defend itself against anti-democratic elements in its midst.”
That’s, ah, fiction. Of course it is.
 Seriously Christie, do you really want to go there?

A protest movement seeking to resist the gutting of our environmental laws and the unilateral abrogation of treaties is an assault on liberal democracy?

Meanwhile, a government of a party that practices electoral fraud is cool? A majority, quite possibly based on fraud (where oh where is that Elections Canada investigation???) that rams through massive changes in 500 page omnibus bills with no amendments and only grudgingly granted debate is cool with you? Ministers of the Crown who alter official documents and lie to Parliament about it is cool with you? You're okay with the harperscum government lying to Parliament about the multi-billion dollar price-tag of the F-35 purchase and its refusal to provide the actual numbers to Parliament?

We already know that Christie Belchforth is an apologist for torture and a slanderer of whistle-blowers. Torture is not a liberal value.

For this piece-of-shit to even presume to lecture us about the dangers of "Idle No More" to liberal democracy is a travesty.


Troy Thomas said...

We have the guillotine. Blatchford better run!
Or not.
We've got anger, but we've also got reason. We're fighting, but only to defend ourselves. We're fighting for our little space in Canada.

thwap said...

Belchforth's firing would be a sign that the country is changing for the better.