You don’t have to be a little, unnoticed person to be a rat-like gatekeeper. You can be a prime minister. And you can be a major, corporate owned daily, like the Toronto Star.
An excerpt from Walkom’s straightforward, but unwelcome (by his own paper and the people who it cares about) article:
Poor Stephen Harper. If the prime minister had only followed the law, his life would be so much simpler.
The law in question is the Constitution Act of 1867. Specifically, it is that portion of the act that requires a senator to be “resident in the province for which he is appointed.”
If Harper had bothered to follow the law in 2009, he never would have appointed Mike Duffy to represent Prince Edward Island in the Senate — for the simple reason that the television journalist didn’t, under any stretch of the imagination, live in that province…
Let us be clear. Senate posts have always been patronage appointments. Far too often, they are rewards for blind loyalty to the government of the day…
Former journalist and diplomat Pam Wallin — who faces her own expense problems — may have been a legitimate Senate pick. But not as a senator from Saskatchewan…
Even the qualifications of Harper stalwart Carolyn Stewart Olsen were a bit dodgy. Olsen, a former Harper press aide, was chosen as a senator from her birthplace province, New Brunswick.
But as the Huffington Post reported earlier this month, the former Ottawa resident acknowledges that, when appointed, she did not pay income tax in New Brunswick. Nor did she hold a New Brunswick health card or driver’s licence (although she told the on-line publication that all of this has been rectified and that she really does live Down East).
Stewart Olsen was too busy to return my call before press time Tuesday. In the Commons, Harper chose not to admit that he has had any regrets.
Had I been able to comment on this (today's) article, I would have probably started by saying something along the lines of: Don't you just love law & order governments?
Actually, They're terrifying. They're terrifying for the domestic population subjected to neoliberal (austerity for the majority and prosperity for the minority of special people) policies implemented on behalf of the corporations who direct governments. And they're terrifying for the victims (in more dramatic ways, including death by drone) outside the country and in places where corporations want to steal resources and need 'our' governments to make sure those people don't have their own governments that might in turn seek to protect them from imperialism.
I don't love terrorists. I don't love fascists. I don't love our prime gatekeeper, Stephen Harper.