“OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, faced with threats from the opposition parties to defeat his government on Monday, says the Liberals are trying to achieve power through a “backroom deal” and the House of Commons will have the opportunity to vote on the confidence motion on Dec. 8.”
Is the Canadian public and media’s memory span so short that we forget the very fact that Harper created and then came to lead the newly-created Conservative Party of Canada through a “backroom deal” with MacKay? Actually it’s worse than that because Harper made himself what he is today through making “backroom deals” with Peter MacKay who had himself made “backroom deals” with David Orchard to get himself into power. Actually, it’s worse than even that: MacKay and Harper were making “backroom deals” (the PC/Alliance talks) on top of “backroom deals” (the MacKay/Orchard Pact), the latter of which actually forbade the very existence of negotiations or — you guessed it — “backroom deals” between the former PCs and Canadian Alliance.
I don’t seem to remember Harper thinking “backroom deals” were so bad when he was the chief beneficiary of them.