I have, in the past, been able to restrain my outrage at the nonsense that sometimes comes out of Ottawa, but not this time.
CBC News reports that “Conservatives are forcing MPs to stay up all night voting continuously on more than 250 motions — a filibuster launched in retaliation for the Liberals voting down a Tory motion to call Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser to testify at a House of Commons committee about the prime minister’s disastrous trip to India … [but] … The filibuster will result in a hefty overtime bill for the Commons, since its services must be available whenever the chamber is sitting … [and] … Those services include security, cafeteria, shuttle buses, messengers, translation, transcription, printing, maintenance and tech support.“
Now I’m outraged …
You know what? Melanie Joly’s waste of $5 Million plus on that stupid Parliament Hill skating rink didn’t outrage me; I was saddened, dismayed, disappointed but not outraged at the
payoff payout to Omar Kadhr, I agreed with the prime minister that when governments turn a blind eye to the plight of Canadians whose rights are being violated (as the Chrétien and Martin Liberal governments did) then we, the taxpayers, pay damages; and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau’s pleas for more nannies didn’t outrage me, either.
It wasn’t the $5 Million or the $10 Million or the self-entitled whinging of a rich kid’s lovely wife that bothered me, and it isn’t the overtime bill for Thursday night, either … what makes my blood boil is the cowardly, lying arrogance of Justin Trudeau and his corrupt (yes, I thought about that word) “team” in Ottawa who sent a very senior civil servant on a fool’s errand to try to lie to the media in a juvenile attempt to deflect blame for their own ineptitude. Of course they were caught out … no one, not the most dull Liberal sycophant in the media believed a word of it. They, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford and their man-child sock-puppet Justin Trudeau all knew that they had been caught in a lie and, furthermore, in one that damaged Canada’s standing in the world. All should have taken responsibility … they should have packed their bags, left their resignation letters on the appropriate desks and slunk back to whichever privileged, gold plated rate holes they came from.
But they didn’t “do the right thing” because they don’t understand fundamental concepts like honour and duty; all they understand is …
… keeping Liberal snouts buried deep in the public trough.
Sure, the Conservatives are “playing politics” with this issue, but beneath the partisan political theatre is an important notion ~ our elected MPs have a right and a duty to hold the government to account for what it says and does and that includes what it says in “off the record” briefings that are, subsequently, proven to be dishonest nonsense.
I am outraged that the Conservatives were forced to this level of political “stunt” because this, Liberal, government wants to avoid parliamentary scrutiny and govern as some sort of a tinpot dictatorship. I’m outraged that so many Liberal MPs, men and women who I know to be honest and honourable, have not, yet, risen up in disgust from the Liberal benches and taken new seats as Independents.
I’m outraged because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his propaganda machine have brought Canada and, indeed, democracy into disrepute and they have not, yet, been forced out … as Oliver Cromwell said, over 350 years ago, “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
Edited to add:
Just moments after I posted this I read former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks to the staff at his old department. He said ““Never lose sight of your most valuable asset — the most valuable asset you possess: your personal integrity,” Mr Tillerson said, carefully. “Not one of you was gifted it. You were born with it. It belongs to you, and always has and will belong to you and you alone. Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be compromised. Once you’ve done so it is very, very hard to regain it. So guard it as the most precious thing you possess.”” I wish some Liberal MPs would take heed of those words.