This blog by Sean Holman is freakin' brilliant. Pay attention Canada, we seem all too ready to give up our democracy in the name of stability. #takeourcountryback
[Harper] …picked political fights with major pillars of our democratic system – Elections Canada, the judiciary, officers of parliament – for no obvious reason apart from the fact that they appear to stand in his way. Under his watch there were unreasonably high levels of moral and even criminal corruption among some of those closest to him. He has indulged his MPs in their quest to make a mockery of Question Period.
That means, in their [PostMedia's] endorsements, those papers weren’t just choosing between left and right. They were choosing between democracy and stability. And, in the end, they choose what they see as stability.
Andrew Coyne resigned from the Post and voted NDP, Brazeau and Mulroney are endorsing JT, and the Maritimes just went red. Oh yeah, and there's a heckuva lotta hitting going on in TO. It's going to be a wild ride tonight! #harpersretirementparty
"So anyway… I have resigned as editor of Editorials and Comment for the National Post, effective immediately. I will remain a columnist.
2. Postmedia executives and I had a professional disagreement. Their view was that the publication of a column by the editorial page editor…
3. … dissenting from the Post’s endorsement of the Conservatives would have confused readers and embarrassed the paper.
4. My view was that that was what I was paid to do as a columnist: give my honest opinion on issues of public interest.
5. I don’t see public disagreement as confusing. I see it as honest. Readers, in my view, are adults & understand that adults can disagree.
6. The confusion, if any, would have been to have left the impression that the paper’s views were mine, or that my views were the paper’s.
7. To be clear, the owners and managers of a newspaper have a perfect right to set the paper’s editorial line as they wish.
8. Likewise they have a perfect right to decide who and what they wish to publish in their pages.
9. Nobody has a God-given right to be published and the country will get along very well without me telling them how to vote.
10. My concerns were and are merely a) that there should be no suggestion that I was personally endorsing or voting for the Conservatives.
11. And b) that I could not do my job as a columnist if I was obliged to stay silent where these conflicted with those of management.
12. While Postmedia’s intervention was unprecedented in my experience, I could not allow the precedent to stand.
13. So to protect my reputation and to preserve my editorial freedom as a columnist, I felt it necessary to resign the editorial position.
14. I think that’s all I need to say on the subject. If anyone’s still interested, I will be voting for the NDP candidate in my riding.
15. The short-form reasoning: the Conservatives don’t deserve to be re-elected, and the Liberals don’t deserve a majority.
Received this morning: "I just wanted to let you know that I got back from a family holiday last night and read the story in the Auroran about your actions taken on principal at the recent all-candidates meeting.
I have to admit that at the start of this election I was weighing the option of voting strategically given my underlying hope for change as compared to voting based on my core beliefs (including consideration of our local candidates).
I was impressed by the depth of integrity and ability presented by both you and Elizabeth May... I finally concluded that the #Greens deserve a voice and what you stand for in the big picture is fundamentally important.
Thank you for your efforts, all the best."