There is more than a whiff of criminality surrounding the Harper government. Earlier this year a taped interview of Prime Minister Harper indicated he was aware of Conservative Party officials attempts to bribe MP Chuck Cadman in order to bring down the Liberal government. Now we have this odious business of the Conservatives secretly recording an NDP conference call and releasing it to the media via the PM’s office.
According to the Criminal Code of Canada,
184  Every one who, by means of any electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device, wilfully intercepts a private communication is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.
The NDP has said that it will raise the action as a violation of parliamentary ethics and will consider pressing charges.
Let’s hope they do. In my view, the second order of business for the new coalition government (after addressing the economic challenges we face) would be to hold these lawless Tories accountable.
Update: Winnipeg support for coalition government grows
Yesterday I reported that a Winnipeg Free Press Reader’s Poll had 51% supporting the formation of a Liberal-NDP coalition. Since then, the support for a coalition government has grown considerably.
Should the Opposition topple the federal Tory government?
|Yes, and force an election. 2%|
|Yes, and form a governing coalition. 68%|
Total Votes: 6455