Thursday, December 4, 2008
Harper 'close to inciting mob rule'
Jean's decision sets 'very dangerous' precedent
A constitutional expert says he's worried the Governor General's decision to suspend Parliament sets a 'very dangerous' precedent that allow future prime ministers to use the same manoeuvre to avert their own government's demise. 'This is a major constitutional precedent and that worries me more than anything else,' said Errol Mendes, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Ottawa and editor in chief of the National Journal of Constitutional Law. 'Any time that the prime minister wants to evade the confidence of the House now he can use this precedent to do so.'
Dennis Pilon, a political scientist from the University of Victoria, said in a letter to CBC that he is 'deeply worried' about the country heading into a 'potentially violent situation.' 'I do not mean to be alarmist in suggesting that we may be heading for violence. But the actions of this prime minister are coming dangerously close to inciting mob rule.'...
He says Harper has ramped up the heat by insinuating his opponents are attacking Canada's democracy and risking national unity for their own gain.