Mr. Perrin said the government’s biggest concern from its year of overwhelming defeats will be that its agenda is grinding to a halt. If that agenda “continues to be unravelled by the courts, it’s actually not governing the way that it wants to. It’s also politically quite embarrassing, and if people begin to think that the government is not understanding what the law is, and it’s not able to govern effectively, that becomes a very serious concern.”
I know I'm not the only one who feels far too many members of the Harper government (both elected and non-elected) feel that, because they are top dogs, they rest above the law. They make them for other people and are held to a different standard, one they themselves set. It's reminiscent of Karl Rove:
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality... We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
Call me sensationalist, if you feel the urge. I can point to many, many sources of evidence to support my argument. They can all be summed up in one line:
"We'll go over the heads of the members of Parliament; go over the head, frankly, of the Governor General; to right to the Canadian people."
A government committed to democratic engagement recognizes that Parliament, a free press and independent courts are fundamental pillars of a democratic system. Such a government, when faced with repeated opposition to their approach, would self-reflect a bit and consider if they need to change the way they operate.
This isn't how Harper's government has ever operated. Faced with opposition, they don't compromise; they double-down, attack, do whatever they can to get their opponents to back down so that they may win.
Lina Keene they could can; not-for-profits they can defund; they get more ink that Carol Todd, so reframing her positions to fit their narrative and then shutting her out is easy. The media can be side-stepped, and has been.
And yet the Supreme Court has been doggedly defiant of the Conservative Empire. This is problematic, because opposition to their agenda, in their eyes, makes them look weak.
The courts, however, aren't so easily suppressed or manipulated. At least, not yet.
And that should be of serious concern to all of us.
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