Like a May-tag repairwoman, national Green Party leader Elizabeth May is leading a lonely battle in Ottawa to save democracy and stop Canada from being transformed into "the brave new world of Stephen Harper."
"Every single day he does something more to destroy Canada," she told about 120 people in the Arrowsmith Hall in Coombs Saturday evening. "Stephen Harper is transforming us... It's almost like we're operating in a state of collective amnesia... forgetting how things used to be."
Harper "has too much power," she said, and uses it to bully bureaucrats, muzzle scientists and silence Members of Parliament in a system based on "hyper-partisanship."
He "tells us we're a warrior nation" and that the environment "doesn't matter," she said. He's ruined a "relatively enlightened" criminal justice system with mandatory sentencing and he has replaced evidence-based decision-making with decisions that are "entirely ideological."
"Democracy is in trouble in Canada," May said. "The essence of western parliamentary democracy is being dismembered."
There aren't even the checks and balances you'd find in the U.S., she said. "The only thing that stops the Prime Minister of Canada from being an elected dictator is their own sense of what's appropriate."
MPs from every other party complain to her about strict party discipline and control, she said. "They would love to serve their constituents" but they have to do what they're told or risk expulsion or having their leader refuse to sign their nomination papers.
"I don't see anybody else standing up," May said. "More Green Party members can show the way and liberate other Members of Parliament."
She would allow Green Party MPs to speak their minds and represent their constituents, she said. "I can't wait to have a large and unruly caucus."
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