Prime Minister Steven Harper’s reaction to the death of Venezuela’s popular leader, Hugo Chavez, is calloused and insensitive to say the least.
Should one have seen Harper turning cartwheels in the halls of 24 Sussex Drive it would be no great surprise.
Harper’s statement “I hope the people of Venezuela can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights” barely contains his jubilance on Chavez’s death
This from a man, who ignored the law countless times (Canadian Wheat Board), prorogued Parliament and appointed lackey Conservative senators whenever it suited his needs.
Chavez was elected by the people of Venezuela, and in his 14 years in power, used his country’s lucrative oil wealth on social programs such as state-run food markets, new public housing, free health clinics and education programs. Instead of praising Chavez’s accomplishments, Harper chose to ignore them.
On the other hand, just a week previous, Harper had nothing but glowing praise for Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict), who for years harboured, protected and condoned pedophile priests who had molested thousands of children in their care.
Figure that one out!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 19, 2013