Manitoba Tory MP Vic Toews (formerly Justice Minister, now Treasury Board president) was on CBC Radio moments ago saying he didn’t think it was unethical for the Conservatives to listen to an NDP conference call, record it and disseminate it to the media. So, if we are looking for the Tories’ moral compass, it might possibly be under a couple of feet of snow somehwere out in “law ‘n order Vic’s” Provencher Constituency.
Put this together with convincing evidence that the Harper Tories tried to bribe terminally ill MP Chuck Cadman in return for his vote to bring down the Liberals prior to the 2006 election and Elections Canada allegations that the Tories deliberately violated federal elections law by spending about $1.1 million over its national limit on media advertising and filing misleading statements in its official returns and it is clear these folks can’t be trusted to know right from wrong.
Given this moral bankruptcy, it won’t be surprising if Harper tries to cling to power by proroguing the House and dodging next week’s non-confidence vote. This, however, will not help him in the least. To the contrary, it will only confirm the judgment of the 62 per cent of Canadian voters who supported the parties now making up the coalition government in waiting — that Harper cannot be trusted with power and that the sooner he is gone the better.