Now I’ve heard it all. I do prefer to use my time discussing the future of society, brilliant advances in civilization, amazing discoveries in science, energy and technology, explore the unknown, and extrapolate and interpret happenings that may affect the future of world citizens everywhere. I even hand out kudos to humanity when it shines.
Today is an exception. Political parties posturing and threatening to call an unnecessary Federal election raises the ire and the blood pressure. It always has, and always will.
Today is also worse than usual; I have to admit that every year since I have been observing politics, the actions of some sleazy politicians in Canada have shown lack common of sense, tested Federal-provincial relations, and blackened the eye of democracy, but some border on criminality .
Canadians are being blackmailed by the Bloc Québécois, yet again.
Our leader of the Bloc Québécois, Mr. Gilles Duceppe, Ottawa’s favourite political thorn-in-the-side has now demanded 5 Billion dollars from the Federal government to appease Quebec,-- once again.
The huge amount of money is his “ price tag” for supporting the minority Conservative government’s upcoming Federal budget. Duceppe wants $16Billion, but he’ll “settle for” $5 Billion and laugh all the way to the bank.
Will Stephen Harper, our minority Prime Minister turn both Gilles’ latest demand and his illusions of grandeur down, which he must do if our elected Conservative government has any spine at all? He must consider that Bloc support will be removed for his upcoming federal budget. A federal election would undoubtedly result.
Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals have already made it quite clear they are not going to support the budget, leaving the key to the budget in the hand of Jack Layton’s NDP if Bloc support is removed. Jack’s agenda floats a different direction, a direction better debated when the politics of convenience is discussed.
To the politically-correct mild-mannered Liberal politicians sitting in luxury in Ottawa, Duceppe’s latest threat may seem to be “it’s just our weirdo colleague and friend Gilles foaming at the mouth” yet again. To the NDP and independents, it may be “Gilles whining about inequalities again and the raw deal he imagines Quebec has been suffering from, yet again”.
“Yet again” is the key and common thread...... Enough is enough.
To the Conservative Party of Canada, this threat has so far only been labeled as “hypocritical” by the government's Quebec lieutenant, Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis .
---Sorry, Christian, accepting this outrageous demand as merely being “hypocritical” is not good enough.
To ordinary Canadians, it looks like blackmail. It smells like blackmail. Let us call it what it seems to be. Blackmail. Childish political blackmail, to be sure, and another example of the childish political gamesmanship we are all so SICK of, but it has all of the appearance of blackmail by the Bloc. If not blackmail, it is extortion.
Canada has NO need for an election at this point. Elections cost many millions of dollars, and wasteful, unnecessary expenditure which overtaxed Canadian taxpayers do NOT need. or want, political “spin” applied or not.
Therefore, at Incoming BYTES, pointed and not-so-funny questions should again be asked in the House of Parliament . The reader can decide what the answer should be, laughable or not:
Q: Mr. Speaker, since when does the Government of Canada give in to minority political party blackmail?
A: Maybe WikiLeaks will give us the official “in camera” answer to that one. My guess is, if Quebec is involved, pretty much every time. Does anyone have Julian’s number handy?
Q: Mr. Speaker, since the Bloc Québécois does not represent a single Canadian outside of the Province of Quebec, why is the Bloc Québécois allowed seats in the Federal House of Parliament?
A: They would get tired standing all the time. Also because collectively, insecure, “politically-correct” politicians past and present do not have enough spine to do the right thing and toss the pikers out . Refer to the first question again.
Q: Mr. Speaker, if the Bloc insists on being allowed to vacation and rest themselves in the House of Parliament, when will they run candidates and offer representation to the REST of Canadians?
A: Never. Are you dreaming? The rest of Canadians are not a factor in the prime directive of the Bloc, which is to remove Quebec from Canada after all blackmail requests to drain the Federal treasury are submitted and approved.
Q: Mr. Speaker, how much longer does the rest of Canada have to live under the threat of yet another referendum for the separation of Quebec?
A: Not much longer. Ya’ really mean that? (laughter) Canadians will soon grow sick of separation referendums and even more sick of being blackmailed more than two or three times a year.
Q: Mr. Speaker, does Gilles Duceppe remember that Quebec is divisible if Canada is divided ? Does he not understand the concept?
A: No. Gilles and his predecessors believe that all Quebecers, including English-speaking and ethnic minorities from the world over will insist on enjoying repressive French-Only signs, French-only schools, and “language police” and other similar political policies of expedience dreamed up for the mutual enjoyment of Quebec’s exclusive distinct society of Francophones.
Q: Mr. Speaker, what does Gilles do with the $8Billion in annual provincial equalization payments he receives every year?
A: (laughter) Out of order, out of order ! Better ask Gilles that one. Concrete bridges collapse regularly, and Gilles is always demanding more money, if that helps rephrase the question.
Q: Mr. Speaker, what is the real purpose behind the blackmailing of the rest of Canada?
A: As always, the stock answer is “ the Bloc Québécois will be standing up for Quebec to ensure Canadians become angry enough at being blackmailed” so they will eventually hold a referendum and throw Quebec out of confederation. Oops,,did I say that?
Q: Mr. Speaker, when will the rest of Canadians put a stop to this charade and be offered a referendum to vote Quebec out of Canada?
A: You will be able to vote soon after Gilles is finished blackmailing the rest of Canada, and voters awake to the fact they have once again given in to Quebec blackmail. ...oopsie-daisy, I didn’t mean to give away any official secrets.
Q: Mr. Speaker, how much territory do you think a separate Quebec run by King Gilles would end up with ?
A: A couple of square kilometers, probably some place close to old Quebec City.
Q: Mr. Speaker, could you explain why?
A: Because the Bloc Québécois needs somewhere to display their culture and wear their elegant purple smoking jackets as they complain bitterly about their feet burning from the salt water flooding their boots.
Q: Mr. Speaker, .....are we allowed any other questions, Mr. Speaker?
A: Just a moment, I’ll ask Mr. Duceppe for permission...
Conclusion of the Day: No wonder Canadians do not trust politics OR politicians.