Musings —11.28.2011 08:24 AM—
When you watch them, as some of us are sometimes compelled to do—in the way that we watch car crashes in slow motion, over and over—it is difficult to discern a method in the midst of the madness. It is just messy, some days, with no purpose.
So, as some pundits have observed, the Harper regime sometimes look like they have forgotten they are no longer a minority. They have a majority, and they can make decisions—like scrapping the long-gun registry—in the way that a majority government makes decisions. Fine.
But then they do weird things. Such as declaring that they will destroy all of the long-gun registrations made over the years. Despite the opposition of the police, and crime victims, and assorted Parliamentary officers—who have correctly pointed out that, with the destruction of government records, the Cons are breaking the law.
And then, on other days, they go in the opposite direction—and closely resemble a bunch of pint-sized dictators, swaggering around Parliament Hill, picking fights. Picking fights with the CBC. Picking fights with the Charest government. Picking fights with the Jewish community and others, who want to ensure we have non-criminal anti-hate laws in place.
Their MPs are afraid to say anything.Their ministers are afraid to say much. If there is a single thing for which they would like history to remember them, circa 2011, I’m damned if I know what it is. They have an unerring instinct for the trivial. They are always bunting, and never looking for a home run.