Harper Pledges to Support Atlantic Provinces
During this spring's election, the Prime Minister won 22 of the region's 32 seats while the Conservatives won 7. Mr. Harper claims that if the Liberals do not honour their election promises with regards to Atlantic resources they will suffer in the next election. Mr. Harper met with Mr. Hamm yesterday and encouraged the Premier to continue to fight and refuse to back down.
The sad fact of the matter is that this is a horrible example of elections interfering in the governance of the nation. Mr. Harper is desperate for any advantage in an upcoming election and is willing to severely damage Provincial-Federal relations to do so. However, the Prime Minister is not free of guilt. Mr. Martin is on tape promising the Atlantic provinces 100% of their energy royalties. If he no longer feels that the government can honour that promise he must explain why.
Our government is acting in a deplorable manner. Not only the Liberals, but the Conservatives and most certainly the Bloc Quebecois as well. Their behaviour is something which Canadian voters will have to keep in mind when they next go to the polls.