So, only weeks later, with the announcement of a possible Liberal-NDP coalition that relies upon support of the secessionist Bloc, the Mississauga News has come out white-hot against this configuration. If Mississauga South M.P. Paul Szabo picks up his usually friendly hometown paper, this is what he will read:
Canadians did not elect Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe as Prime Minister. Canadians did not elect New Democrat leader Jack Layton as Prime Minister. Canadians did not elect Liberal leader Stéphane Dion as Prime Minister.
What makes those three think they have the right — or the support of Canadians, as a whole — to overthrow a duly elected government and ignore the will of the people?
How dare they ignore the democratic process, trample on the rights, will and wishes of the Canadian people, and turn our electoral system into a joke?
In their quest for personal power, have Duceppe, Layton and Dion forgotten they are simply representatives of the Canadian people, individuals who serve the wishes and needs of the Canadian people, or has their greed and desire for the country’s ultimate political seat deluded them into thinking they are the ones who will determine the future of Canadians?
The leadership of this country should not be determined by a bunch of backroom political hacks whose parties couldn’t win support from voters.
This newspaper did not support the Conservatives during the election a mere six weeks ago. However, the Canadian people did support the Tories and elected them, and their leader, Stephen Harper, as our federal government.
When the people speak, all political parties would be wise to listen, or face the most dire consequences. Canadians will not soon forget the treacherous actions of Duceppe, Layton and Dion — not if we can help it.
And for those who read headlines, not analysis -- the same people who mistake a slogan for an argument -- the editorial is entitled "Party Leaders Lack Honour."
And, just to be clear, the News editorial finds the behaviour of all four major parties to be "sickening" and "shameful."