The buffoonery displayed by Prime Minister Harper’s parliamentary secretary on Tuesday during question period marked a sickening new low for Harper’s Conservative government.
Paul Calandra was compelled to apologize for his asinine behaviour – not because of principled sincerity – but because of political necessity.
So many Canadians were outraged the Prime Minister’s Office had to orchestrate some form of damage control.
Calandra’s tearful apology – although I was momentarily distracted when his image morphed into an alligator – was too little too late.
If you search for the reason the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary thought he could display such blatant contempt for Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the official Opposition, you need look no further than Stephen Harper, who is the autocratic micromanaging leader of the Conservatives.
Harper’s well-known contempt for parliament has infected most of his weak-kneed lackeys. There is only one sure-fire cure for this form of chronic arrogance: the ballot box.