Scandal ridden Harper cites "rule of law" when calling longest election campaign since 1872

Why is Stephen Harper calling an early election?

Better yet, why has Harper initiated the longest election in Canadian history since 1872?

According to Harper, it's not because he's "gaming the system," an accusation levelled by former head of Elections Canada Jean-Pierre Kingsley over the weekend. Nor is it because he's trying to give himself a financial edge and maybe "bankrupt" the opposition parties in the process, as Pundits Guide's Alice Funke suggested a few months ago.

No, according to Harper, it's because he has too much respect for the rule of law.

"I feel very strongly," Harper explained Sunday at Rideau Hall, "that if we're going to begin our campaigns, if we're going to run our campaigns, that those campaigns need to be conducted under the rules of the law."

Rule of law?

Haven't heard many Conservatives utter that term since Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy used air quotes back in March to dismiss the "rule of law" as if it were some made-up thing during committee hearings into Harper's Bill C-51:

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If we are to take Harper at his word, a quick record check on how well the Conservatives' have managed to conduct elections according to the "rule of law" in the past is in order:

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Not to mention, an international body will now be monitoring this election in response to concerns over recent changes brought in under the Conservatives so-called "Fair Elections Act."

At Rideau Hall, Harper went on to add that he feels the money for this election should "come from the parties themselves, not from the government resources, parliamentary resources or taxpayers' resources."

That's funny, considering:

  • Unelected Conservative candidates have repeatedly been trotted out and showcased at official government of Canada events funded by taxpayers.

  • Harper's jobs minister actually shows up to official public events wearing Conservative Party of Canada golf shirts

  • Even Conservative Ministers are mixing public and party business: Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford expensed a trip to Toronto to taxpayers in order to ring a bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange then head over to a big money Conservative fundraiser in Rosedale later that night.

Canadians will cast their votes on October 19th.

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