Stephen Harper Said…

“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s starting to lose its moral authority to govern.”
Stephen Harper, Canadian Press – April 18, 2005

Which is frankly very close to…
“When a government starts labelling its own citizens ‘enemies’, it has lost its moral authority to govern.”
Andrew Frank, whistle-blower and former Senior Communications Manager for ForestEthics, Marketwire – Jan. 24, 2012

I saw Andrew Frank’s statement and his open letter to Canadians the day he made it. At the time I wasn’t aware of Stephen Harper’s statement.

Stephen Harper says some smart things from time to time. Such as “Although we like to think of ourselves as living in a mature democracy, we live, instead,in something little better than a benign dictatorship, not under a strict one-party rule,but under a one-party-plus system beset by the factionalism, regionalism and cronyism that accompany any such system.”Our Benign Dictatorship, co-authored with Tom Flanagan.

In that essay Harper and Flanagan wrote of the benefits of electoral reform toward some sort of proportional system.

I trust that now that Harper has a majority of seats in Parliament and the Senate he will bring about such electoral reform and free Canada from its dictatorship.

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