Kathy Shaidle has an excellent column in the National Post today exposing the Conservative Party's cowardice when it comes to defending free speech.
It's all about that "talking points" memo making the rounds of the blogosphere, which instructs Tory MPs to essentially change the subject when confronted with questions concerning Ezra Levant's battle with Human Rights Commission bureaucrats
As Shaidle writes, "too bad the PMO's response to citizens' concerns about the erosion of their free speech rights is to issue a (secret) document, telling our elected representatives to keep quiet or change the subject."
But why is anybody surprised?
This government has consistently refused to defend free expression.
Recall in the days when he led a national advocacy organization, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vehemently opposed election gag laws. Now as Prime Minister he has done nothing to reform or scrap these undemocratic laws.
Even worse, he has actually enacted his own gag law which limits what individuals can contribute to political parties.
I guess defending individual freedom is just another of those conservative principles which needed to be jettisoned in order to win power.
And winning power is what its really all about, right?
Much better that Conservatives take away our freedoms, rather than those nasty Liberals.