Cornwall ON – “Today, we pay tribute to the many Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in a country free from tyranny and governed by freedom, democracy and justice.” Those were the words of Prime Minister Steven Harper a few weeks ago on Remembrance Day. It’s a shame Harper’s actions do not match his elegant words.
In a democracy we elect Members of Parliament, and they vote on bills, including Bill C-311, the Climate Act. Representation is an important foundation of our democracy. Soldiers risked their lives, and many perished, so we could have freedom.
Tyranny can refer to an oppressive power, or a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force, and it can also refer to an unjust act.
According to David Suzuki, “Had notice been given of the vote, more senators would have been present and the bill may have passed.” But there was no notice and there was no debate, and this is unjust.
What the Senate did was legal, but it was not right. It was tyrannical in nature. The Tory members of the Senate killed the environmental bill without debate, despite the fact a majority in the House of Commons voted for it.
The Senate according to Rick Mercer, “despite having Mike Duffy as a member, is suppose to be the chamber of a sober second thought”.
Steven Harper once promised to never appoint an unelected person to the Senate, but he broke that promise. How Harper is using the Senate to usurp our Democracy. I don’t know how Mr. Harper can ever look a war veteran in the eye again.
Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green”, and that is especially true if you are an environmentalist in Canada.
But the Tory Senators actions do not simply effect environmentalist. What the Senate did effects us all, and it rattles the very foundations of our democracy.
Our democracy needs checks and balances, and that is why now more than ever we need a Senate that is elected.