I for one sense one brewing.
Harper began the day threatening to engineer an election.
"Quite frankly, I’m going to have to make a judgment in the next little while as to whether or not this Parliament can function productively," Harper said, without elaborating on his plans.
It hasn't functioned productively since he took power of course, but now that he and his are being exposed to an even greater degree during this week's sitting of the Ethics Committee, he knows he cannot allow that exposure to continue. He doesn't care a whit about what's right for this country, he wants to keep governing so he can shape us into what most of do not want to become. He likely knows that if we go now he may not get the majority he wants, but he has a shot at another minority.
The Committee was beyond belief today and frankly I hadn't thought it could get any worse. (I keep underestimating how low the Con's will sink don't I? Note to self...fix that!)
Here's a brief recap. A witness who was meant to testify on Tuesday, in a move that only Finley and Harper would be proud of, presented himself after the meeting had started and wanted to testify today. By presenting himself, I mean that literally. Szabo was making opening comments and this man, Sam Goldstein, (note writer/actor in his bio) walked right up to him and stuck out his hand. He was being picked up by the mic of course...it was bizarre. Szabo wanting to get back to the meeting asked him to sit at the back of the room. He walked back and started screaming to the media. I couldn't hear what he was saying at the time, but here's a clip for your entertainment. He then ran outside with media in tow, so there may be more footage later.
So why do I think what we are seeing what constitutes a perfect storm? Well, in spite of Julie Van Dusen stating that the opposition would claim that the Conservatives have 'stage managed' the chaos at committee, I'd replace the word opposition with the words, any sane person watching this week. It's been quite clear that the sole purpose of all the Conservative member's comments, statements and arguments have been designed to demean the process and portray it as irrelevant and at the same time irreconcilable. They know they are fully exposed, (which is quite a frightening thought really considering the members), and they simply cannot afford for this to go on.
Many things came out this week. That the Con's were instructing witnesses not to appear should surely be investigated. If the media were hungry, they would follow up. That remains to be seen, but I don't think the Con's want to risk that.
The final point is that at the end of the meeting today, a motion was put forward to re-issue summons to compel all the no-show witnesses to reconsider their decision and appear in the Fall.
The Con's tried to amend that by sending it to the House, where it would be debated before the Speaker and he would then have to consider everything that has gone on and render a decision. In other words, more delay.
So what do we have? The Con's in committee setting a dysfunctional stage. A talking point then sent to media that they believe that Parliament is not functioning well. The PM saying if Parliament isn't working, he'll have to do something about that, and the committee voting to push the exposure forward.
Looks like a perfect storm to me, so in spite of Van Loan and others claiming they would not prorogue, my bet is that is exactly what is underway, now at this moment.
Imagine if this had all gone forward 7 months ago as it should have. How much wiser would the general public be by now? What's important now though is that they become more exposed as the clowns who run this country. Grab all the video you can on the committee, (here's one place to go) and if you're more tech savvy than I am, put together some vid. Send it to all and sundry and of course post it on You Tube. Please, send me what you collect.
Get your storm gear out. We're in for an election, one that Harper has manufactured in spite of his promise not to.
O/T - In my promise to bring forward stories that don't tell us everything about the Con alternative to the Green Shift, this story deserves writing to the editor. In it's current format, there is no point, but once one or more of the papers picks it up, I will provide the information on where to write.