I watched the performance of Stephen Harper on the CBC News last night. He was whipping himself up into a frenzy on how the possible coalition now – with the support of the Bloc – somehow “threatens Canada”. The CBC nicely caught one of his misrepresentations. “They couldn’t be photographed in front of a Canadian flag, Mr Speaker” – and there was the footage with the flag in the upper left hand corner of the shot.
The following is also doing the rounds
September 9, 2004
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program.
We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority.
Your attention to this matter is appreciated.
Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Gilles Duceppe, M.P.
Leader of the Bloc Quebecois
Jack Layton, M.P.
Leader of the New Democratic Party
Now that you have the postal address of Her Excellency perhaps you would like to drop her a note too. Cut and paste would be quite useful, I think