Last night, on the very first opposition sponsored non-confidence motion of this parliament, Liberal MPs gave the Harper Conservatives a pass despite their abject failure to tackle climate change.
Only 10 Liberal MPs voted for the motion – the remaining 83 abstaining from the vote.
In doing so, Liberals stripped 5,861,776 Canadians of their democratic right to be represented in the House of Commons.
Nearly 6 million registered voters in 83 ridings had no say at all last night on whether the Conservative government’s agenda continues or ends.
If you live in PEI, or Yukon, or Nunavut you had no say. If you live in Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga or Sudbury, you had no say. If you live in Cape Breton, Moncton, or Labrador, you had no say. If you live in North Vancouver or West Vancouver, you had no say.
In fact, it’s a good bet that if you have a Liberal MP you had no say at all on the Harper agenda last night.
All because Liberals are more fearful of voters than they are of Stephen Harper’s agenda.
The irony is there was a time, not long ago, when many of these same Liberal MPs were anguished because, they argued, as government backbenchers they lacked the tools and independence to represent their constituents. Remember the "democratic deficit"?
Yet today, in opposition, Liberal MPs are even less capable of fulfilling the most rudimentary functions of representative democracy than they were when they were complaining about having no voice under Jean Chrétien.
At least they had a plan to get rid of Chretien.