Is Harper taking the Fifth?

Mr. Harper has been described by the political analysts, columnists and educators as a tactician and micro-manager

I don’t condone the spending by these Senators, but let’s be honest, expenses for politicians are outrageous across the country. But sticking to this newsbyte, Senators Duffy and Wallin have everything to lose, so they are either exposing Mr. Harper’s authenticity, or pulling everyone under the bus.

Either way, I hope this path leads us to the Emerald City and exposes the Wizard for what he is. Mr. Harper has been described by the political analysts, columnists and educators as a tactician and micro-manager. Now Canadians are being asked to weigh-in on truth or lies and accept that Mr. Harper until caught “did not know anything about the goings-on in his own office from the beginning”.

Here is what I know taking this newsbyte and casting a wider net to other press headlines — which should send a serious wakeup call to Canadians. Mr. Harper’s behaviour and tactics is all about deliberately withholding details. Only when particulars are reported in the press raised by opposition leaders, environmental and political organizations and interest groups are government bills, trade deals, industry involvement and silencing scientists are described as “the devil is in the details”.

The crisis facing mankind is not limited to global warming but our ignorance in the information age from overexposure to world news and issues.  News and political junkies will look below the headline but what we know from voter turnout is Canadians are so disenfranchised and discouraged with our democratic process they choose not to be part of the problem by voting.

The culture of our politicians and politics is no longer acceptable. People have been calling for transparency but this has not happened in Canada since the Conservatives were elected.

Mr. Harper’s close allies in the Senate are exposing a side of the Prime Minister that caught him and the Conservatives by surprise.

Mr. Mulcair and Mr. Trudeau should be asking the question: Has the Prime Minister given direction to anyone in government to use the government’s power to introduce legislation or a new law to shield him or ministers from giving evidence under oath on the Senate scandal, similar to taking the Fifth Amendment in the United States?

Jo-Anne Berezanski

North Saanich