Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stephen Harper Is Status Quo And Other Ironies

Stephen Harper on September 7 2006 before a Senate committee passionately argued for Senate reform and then nobly spoke of how the status quo must end. I agree with him on both points and only ask that he return back to parliament so he and all that is status quo be voted out of office as soon as possible.

Stephen Harper before the committee, ironic references abound:

As everyone in this room knows, it has become a right of passage for aspiring leaders and prime ministers to promise Senate reform - on their way to the top.

The promises are usually made in Western Canada.

And these statements of intent are usually warmly received by party activists, editorial writers and ordinary people.

But once they are elected, Senate reform quickly falls to the bottom of the Government's agenda.

Nothing ever gets done.

And the status quo goes on.

Honourable Senators, this has got to stop.

For the Senate must change.

And we will be the ones to make it happen.

The Government is not looking for a report.

We are seeking action.

Honourable Senators, years of delay on Senate reform must come to an end.

And it will.

For the Senate must change.

And we intend to make change happen.

The Government is not looking for another report.

We are seeking action.

Action that responds to the commitments we made to Canadians during the recent federal election.

As you all know, during the recent campaign, we promised to push Senate reform if elected.

And I have come here today to personally reiterate my commitment to begin reforming this institution.

Reform that will make the Senate more democratic.

More accountable.

And more in keeping with the expectations of Canadians who, as we all know, are not at all satisfied with the status quo.
Yes Prime Minister, Canadians are not at all satisfied with the status quo. From your own words it is clear you must now acknowledge you pandered to the West for votes and that you broke an election promise. It's been four years Prime Minister, that's enough of the status quo, good bye.

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