Conservative supporters and Canadians at large should flood their MPs with demands for the kinds of change they want to see in government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today...
"We're going to need all of them writing, e-mailing, faxing and telephoning their MPs to tell them to get on with the plan."
Canadians have heeded the advice:
Furious Canadians bombarded the prime minister with e-mail following controversial spring decisions not to lower Parliament Hill flags for soldiers killed in Afghanistan or allow the public to view their return to Canada, documents obtained by CanWest News Service show.
The letters, sent via Stephen Harper's website and obtained under the Access to Information Act, provide a glimpse into the public psyche during one of the first major missteps by the new Conservative government.
Harper makes these blanket statements, as though he is the champion of direct democracy and accountability. Why is then that we only hear about the "bombardment" through the Access to Information Act? Shouldn't the PM have responded to his constituents who uniformally expressed their disapproval? Again, Harper illustrates the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality. The convenient populist strikes again.