The federal Conservatives under Prime Minister Stephen Harper are again embroiled in another nasty tit-for-tat public spat.
This time around it’s with the chief justice of the nation’s Supreme Court. The court recently rejected the Harper government’s nominee for inclusion on the High Courts bench and that isn’t sitting well with the PM who seems to have a problem with being told he’s wrong.
This latest row follows a still-ongoing racket over changes to the Fair Elections Act the federal government is trying to ram through.
Most of the experts in the country say the proposed changes are misdirected and should be rejected. That hasn’t stopped the federal Conservatives from trying to skew the facts to suit their own objectives.
That continuing way of doing business sheds some light on the way this province is, and has been, treated by the Conservatives.
Though the ill feelings have gone underground for the most part, Harper and his underlings still do little to improve the lot of people in this province.
In fact, we hardly hear anything about federal initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have a representative at the federal cabinet table, but he’s Rob Moore, a minister from New Brunswick.
When was the last time anyone heard of anything he managed to achieve that will bring improvement in this province?
Much of this attitude goes back to the nasty relationship between Harper and Danny Williams when he was premier.
Williams got up in Harper’s face whenever he felt this province was being slighted or shafted. The prime minister seems to not be able to, or willing to forgive or forget about any issues he ends up on the wrong side of.
That attitude seems to be wearing thin with other Canadians like it has been for years on Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have shown at the ballot box just how they view being treated like second-class citizens.