Monday, December 01, 2008

canadian coup

If you're a Canadian who has been listening to the news, you'll know that all is not well in Ottawa. The newly elected Conservative Government may go down to defeat as early as a week from today with a coalition of Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois eager to take charge and start shoveling money off the back of the truck. (And this all looks like it has been in the planning stages for some time now - if Jack Layton's NDP conference call is to be believed. What a weasel.)

I feel outraged, angry and have done the only thing I knew to do - written an email to the Governor General, begging her not to allow this coup. Maybe if enough people express their outrage at having the results of an election overturned in such a scandalous way just six weeks later, it will make a difference... who knows?

A copy of my letter is below. If any readers decide to do something similar, the Governor General's email is:

Other email addresses can be found here. Clicking on the member's name opens up their profile complete with email and snail mail addresses.


Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaƫlle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1

Dear Madame Michaƫlle Jean,

I am a B.C. resident who is very concerned about what has been happening in Ottawa over the past few days. The country did not hand Stephane Dion and the Liberal party their greatest defeat in years on October 14th just to see Mr. Dion do backroom deals to become Prime Minister six weeks later.

In order for the proposed coalition of NDPs and Liberals to succeed, they must depend on the support of the Bloc Quebecois – a party whose sole reason for existence is to disassemble Canada. Is such dependence on separatists even constitutional? It sounds more like treason.

If/when the leaders of the proposed coalition approach you in the days ahead to ask for the go-ahead to form government, I plead with you to deny them their request. Their assertion that Canada is in desperate financial straits and needs a bail-out package immediately is a ruse. There is no common agreement amongst financial experts that this kind of bailout package is necessary, wise or will be effective in the present global financial situation. Canada is currently known to have the best managed economy of the G-7 nations. Why would we endanger it by putting it in the hands of ambitious, unprincipled men whose hunger for power is equaled only by their ability to scheme, connive and consort with anyone who will advance their personal agendas?

These men are out of touch. Please respect the wishes of the Canadian people and the democratic process by refusing to allow this band of bullies to wrest power from the hands of our elected Conservative parliamentarians.


(my name)
Langley, B.C.

cc: Stephane Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party
Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP
Mark Warawa, Langley Conservative MP
The Right Honorable Stephen Harper, Prime Minster of Canada


Lynda S. said...

Good for you. I agree. To bring down the government so soon after the last election, in the midst of an economic crisis is totally irresponsible and shows the depth of self-interest that exists among our elected officials.

Does Madame Governor General have an email address? If I wrote her a letter it would be February by the time she got it—mail is a bit slow from here!

Lynda S. said...

I found an email address, Violet, so my note is on the way.

Julana said...

Your system is a lot different from ours.

violet said...

Julana, indeed it is. Though I don't understand your system very well, it seems to have more checks and balances to keep something like this from happening.

The current situation here is democracy turned on its head. If this coalition is allowed to proceed it will concern itself with systematically reversing the last election results. I've heard the coalition is considering doing things like presenting Bloc Quebecois types with Senate seats, taking the country into deep deficit (to the tune of 30 billion bucks immediately - with 1 billion increase in transfer payments to Que. - that's the downpayment for their cooperation) and even appointing Elizabeth May (roundly defeated leader of the Green Party) with a Senate seat so she can be on Cabinet. ARRRGH!!!

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