The Face of the Conservative Party.
Harper should express his disgust
that people who support him would rather hit an old man than have an open debate. There is no room for that behaviour in a self-respecting democracy.
In Guelph, where Mr. Harper was unveiling part of his party's financial platform Thursday aimed at the overtaxed middle class — included phasing out the middle tax bracket and a $2,000 per child tax deduction —things got ugly. ... According to a statement from the protest group, Canadians For Equal Marriage, Mr. Harper had refused to give them a clear answer when asked earlier in Hamilton, so they brought up the issue again in Guelph.
”Mr. Harper seems determined to avoid answering the straightforward question of whether he would use the notwithstanding clause to take away the Charter rights of gay and lesbian Canadians,” said Laurie Arron, political co-ordinator of Canadians for Equal Marriage, in a statement.
Mr. Arron said he tried to get Mr. Harper to give a clear answer at a rally in Guelph, which he was attending with volunteer Bob Smyth.
Mr. Arron was shouted down by cries of "shut up, shut up."
Tory supporters then hit Mr. Smyth with signs and an elderly man punched him in the face before police intervened.
"Stephen Harper needs to tell Canadians whether he still holds the same view as when he was leader of the Canadian Alliance Party – that it is acceptable for the Parliament of Canada to take away the Charter rights of lesbian and gay people," the group said in a release.
Harper won't rule out using the notwithstanding clause to prevent homosexual marriages. Apparently, he also won't rule out organizing gangs of thugs to help him acquire power 'the old fashioned way' either.
, for letting us know about this.
A quick visit to Harper's website brings us this "quote of the day" from the party leader:
"We believe if you do the crime, you do the time. Those convicted of violent crimes, or repeat serious offences, will have to serve their full sentences, with no automatic eligibility for parole."
From what I can gather
, the maximum penalty for assault in Canada is 5 years in jail - 10 if the assault is with a weapon. Would Mr. Harper support sending Mr. Smyth's assailants to jail for five years - ten in the case of the folks with the signs?
Email the Conservatives here
. Or contact them:
Conservative Party of Canada
#1720 - 130 Albert Street
Here's a copy of the letter I just wrote the Conservative comments page:
Today, several supporters of Mr. Harper hit a man by the name of Bob Smyth at a rally in Guelph, Ont. when he was trying to speak with Mr. Harper. This story was reported in the Globe and Mail. The link to the article is http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/story/
RTGAM.20040603.elabort0306/BNStory/specialDecision2004/. When will Mr. Harper publically express his disgust at the use of violence in his name, and when will he respond to Mr. Smyth's question regarding the notwithstanding clause and gay marriage? The first responsibility of our political leaders is to keep us safe; political leaders must lead their followers away from violence and towards constructive dialogue. I had thought Canadians were better than this. Mr. Harper needs to make it clear that he wants them to be.
A copy of these comments was forwarded to the Globe and Mail.
CORRECTION: I tried to submit this letter, but the 'be in touch with us' page is not working. I did email it to the Globe and Mail
Maybe greg can provide us with more info?