Cry me a river, but who has been using their manual to create the very chaos they have been whining about? Oh yeah, the Canadian Conservatives.
Last year, the governing Conservatives prepared a secret handbook on how to disrupt parliamentary committees and create chaos. No mere pamphlet, the book ran to 200 pages.
(2oo pages of manipulative machinations)
It instructed committee chairmen to select blatantly biased witnesses and tutor them in advance. It gave the chairmen pointers on how to obstruct parliamentary business, to storm out of meetings if necessary.
(biased and coached witnesses, throw a hissy fit)
Team Harper never expected its opus to be made public. But the media got hold and the headlines poured forth - "Tories blasted for handbook on paralyzing Parliament" and the like.
Liberal Ralph Goodale noted how it was rather peculiar to see the government getting its knickers in a knot over a dysfunctional, chaotic Parliament when, in fact, "the government's deliberate plan is to cause a dysfunctional, chaotic Parliament."
We thought the Grits were bad, chimed in the New Democrat, Libby Davies. But these guys, she said, were taking the gutter stuff to a new level. "They've codified it."
The Prime Minister's Office had all the committee chairmen return their dirty-tricks texts.
( No doubt once returned , they then quickly redistributed them)
Given the Conservatives' red-handed embarrassment, it was expected that they might show a touch more temerity in the future.
Not these honchos. As was clear at the House of Commons ethics committee hearings this week on the so-called in-and-out scheme, their parliamentary chaos manual is alive and thriving. It's had yet another printing.In committee, Conservative campaign director Doug Finley showed his version of contempt for the process, demanding that he, and only he, would dictate when he would testify. (channeling Karl Rove) He finally had to be forcibly removed from the hearing room. For their part, Conservative MPs ignored summonses to testify.
servants of the people???
please read in all it's ugly entirety, it is disgusting, I was seeing shades of the US Bush administration all through this and that is no surprise as PM Harper is occasionally knows as little Bush or Bush-lite.
Good ending though:
There are good reasons for an election this fall. Everybody's patience has been tried long enough. But this week's show of flim-flam should not be allowed to be the trigger. It was crybaby stuff. If the Harper boys don't get their own way, they stamp their feet and start bawling at bad treatment from others and make big-time threats - forgetting all the while what they had put down in their own playbook.