Today, of course, saw a series of rallies across the country against the latest proroguation of Parliament by our good ol' friend Steve. About 3000 showed up in Ottawa on Parliament Hill; I was at the one today at Yonge-Dundas Square here in Toronto, and I'd say the crowd was somewhere around 4000-5000 strong.
Naturally, not everyone in Canada who thinks the second proroguation of Parliament is a dick-move showed up at these things, so the tens of thousands that participated in a rally had to have been the tip of the iceberg — this, of course, after Steve suggested that nobody really cared about the issue of the torture of Afghan detainees.
So, at a press conference this morning, when someone asked Steve what he thought about the rallies, this is what he said:
The government is extremely occupied these days. Obviously we continue to announce and deliver stimulus programs, stimulus projects across this country. ... At the same time we are planning for the upcoming Parliamentary session. We have a lot of work to do to get ready for that, to plan for our agenda for the year to come and our plans for the Canadian economy for the years to come.
You were asked a question about rallies, and you answered with, "Hey, we're busy." You didn't even give the standard Dubya boilerplate response along the lines of, "This is a great country, where people can express their opinion, even if we don't all agree, blah blah blah." You ignored the question entirely, shoved your talking points down our throats again, and moved on.
Oh yes, and don't forget the reason why Steve wanted everything to be put on hold until the heat calms down:
- He said Canadian forces in Afghanistan never turned detainees over to people they knew would torture them.
- He later said, "Well, alright, we did."
- That means he lied.