"So I think there'd be a sure lot of anger if a bunch of unelected guys decided they could block what the elected people did and what their constituents want."
"Everyone expects that the elected house's judgment will prevail," Harper said.
I agree, the elected house's will should prevail, because that is the legitimate voice of the people. However, as The Jurist points out, the Conservative Senators are currently engaged in the exact same practice that Harper criticizes, as it relates to Bill C-288. Passed by the elected organ of government, it is the Conservative Senators who are blocking the bill at every turn.
Now, you can debate the merits of the Kyoto bill, but that is besides the point, using Harper's argument (afterall, you can clearly debate the merits of this trainwreck of a budget). Harper is using the "Liberal dominated Senate" argument to change the channel from his own problems. I have little doubt the Liberal Senate will ultimately pass the budget, and I recognize that a budget bill is more of an issue than C-288. Having said that, there is a terrific opportunity for the Liberals to expose Harper's duplicity and neuter his favorite distraction.
How about a press conference, wherein Liberal Senators agree to abide by the "elected house's judgment", if Conservative Senators commit to the same principle? Let's make a deal, we won't stand in the way of the "people" if you won't. At the very least the proposal highlights Harper's convenient focus and puts the Conservatives on the defensive. I could care less if anything comes of the offer, but it would serve as an interesting way to focus attention on the "do as I say, not as I do" ridiculousness.