In the 1990s and up to 2004, Harper championed on being the small government, low tax advocate, among other more controversial stances. However, if we compare these positions to his current day actions, it appears that all of his past opposition was worth absolutely nothing.
In 1996, Harper slammed Jean Chretien when he added new senators.
“(Canadians) are ashamed the Prime Minister continues the disgraceful undemocratic appointments of undemocratic Liberals to the undemocratic senate to pass all too often undemocratic legislation.”
Stephen Harper, 1996.
Fast forward to 2004, Harper continued to slam the Liberals and the senate as he pushed reform.
“The Upper House remains the dumping ground for the favored cronies of the Prime Minister.”
Stephen Harper, 2004.
After 46 appointments to the senate and 30 new MPs along with other increase to government size and government expenditures, we can all conclude the same thing: his quotes apply directly to him.
While he may have needed to add senators to get a majority to get senate reform through, the recent addition of 7 senators was unnecessary.
All too often, we may find this on the minds on Canadians (regardless of political stripe). Take it with a strain of irony:
“(Canadians) are ashamed the Prime Minister continues the disgraceful undemocratic appointments of undemocratic Conservatives to the undemocratic senate to pass all too often undemocratic legislation.”
And of course, he was right about one thing: “The Upper House remains the dumping ground for the favored cronies of the Prime Minister.”