Pure hypocrisy

Is it any wonder that voters are so cynical these days?
“Vote for change” was the central message of Stephen Harper’s campaign leading up to the Jan. 23 election—and enough voters heeded it to hand the Conservatives a minority government.
Yet in one of his first actions as Prime Minister, Mr. Harper showed for all to see that Canadians, in fact, got exactly the same.
In opposition, Mr. Harper railed against patronage appointments, particularly in the Senate. Yet in order to gain favour in Quebec, he tapped an unelected, longtime Conservative party hack for a seat in the Senate and at the cabinet table.
In opposition, Mr. Harper fumed when Conservative MP Belinda Stronach crossed the floor to become a Liberal cabinet minister—and help save the Martin minority government from falling last spring.
Fast forward to Monday morning, when Mr. Harper wooed Liberal candidate David Emerson to cross the floor and—you guessed it—join his cabinet. All in order to gain favour in big city Vancouver.
Oh, and this being the same Mr. Emerson who viciously attacked Mr. Harper and the Tories during the campaign so as to convince voters in his riding that a Liberal was needed in Ottawa to save the country from sure ruin.
All together now: Huh?
Mr. Harper and the Conservatives can spin the events of Monday morning any way they like. But the bottom line is that politicians will say and do anything to get power—and then try to keep it.
Mr. Harper is cut from the same cloth. He was just better at pulling the wool over voters’ eyes.