It may be naive to assume that democratic governments are extensions of the will of the people, but it is a well hacked expression of the conservative side of the government. The truth is no government actually meets that lofty goal. The Liberals didn’t because on issues related to national unity they followed an agenda of their own. It is quite obvious that no Canadian would agree to the scandalous tactics they employed which inevitably led to their down fall, but the conservatives are now proving to be just as bad. The conservatives know that the issue of the death penalty is one that most Canadians do not want to debate again. Canada abolished the death penalty over 30 years ago and reaffirmed this again in 1987. The truth is, that is social progress, and it is hard to turn back the wheels of time regardless what personal feelings you have in regards to this antiquated practice.
But just how is this an example of the government going against the will of the people. There are two ways I know of for the government to do so, one is to do so by force that is to legislate something the public does not agree to and this usually brings down the government the other is to erode and influence the public to coerce it into believing they have agreed to something they have not. To put it plainly it is to con them into it. So even though the government has to up hold the law that abolishes capital punishment in Canada, there is no law, but only a tradition, that supports the countries objections to allowing a Canadian abroad to be executed. This is one small step to the long walk down death row.
Stephane Dion stated today that by refusing to ask Montana Gov. Schweitzer to commute convicted murderer Ronald Allen Smith’s death sentence and reneging on Canada’s decision to co-sponsor a UN resolution opposing the death penalty, the Tories have changed Canada’s policy “by stealth.”
Are we being conned ? I suspect we are. If this is the Conservative approach to democracy I suspect they have no real idea what democracy is. If you want to change the law do it from the grass roots up not the mighty hand of government down.