Corporations and Political Parties are a Lot like People

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election campaign someone said Republican candidate Romney thinks corporations are people. So I think that political parties like corporations are beginning to behave a lot like people especially in Canada where the actions of party leaders are too often seen as being motivated by a premier’s or prime minister’s preferences as though they had the powers of American style presidents rather than of the parties they serve, elected as members of parliament not as a prime ministers. The blurb that follows was written in 2010 and offers a glimpse of the policies and tactics of the Liberal party (just before the now defiled Prime Minister Harper’s Conservatives achieved their majority in 2011), reminiscent perhaps of the current Liberal adroitness opposing ISIS.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH, 2010

Canada’s 2008 motion to leave Afghanistan by 2011
On February 21, 2008 CBC News announced:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled a new motion with a hard end date of 2011 for Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, a move aimed at bridging the gap between the Conservatives and Liberals.
It is now more than 2 years since “the gap between the Conservatives and Liberals” had been bridged and now a Toronto Star editorial encourages that “Canada Debate our role in Afghanistan”

To support its call for a parliamentary debate this editorial quotes federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff whose Liberals now believe
‘that there is a justification for some continued mission in Afghanistan after 2011.’
Perhaps it has been U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s (representing the U.S. government and its Peace Prize winner President Obama) provocative attempt “to kick start a national debate about Canada’s future in that troubled country” that has belatedly made a debatable topic of Stephen Harper’s February 2008 parliamentary motion committing Canada to leave Afghanistan in 2011.

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