The law is the law. That's for sure.
But what's also for sure is that a group of people who don't like Ford politically got together and said, "We're going to get this guy, and we're going to get him at the first possible opportunity." They could have said, "Yeah, the guy screwed up, so we'll let the voters punish him." But they weren't going to take any chances with the electorate. No, those people had proved they couldn't be trusted.
It couldn't be like it was in Ottawa a few years ago where they took Larry O'Brien down in an election and installed Jim Watson. Ford's mayoralty had to be erased, aborted from history. It was a mistake, and the voters weren't going to be given an opportunity to correct that mistake.
The difference between this campaign to erase Ford and the ongoing campaign to get Harper out of office by any means necessary is that Harper and his people know and understand that the left are shooting to kill, and they shoot back. The rest of us are stuck thinking that all we have to do is win the election. We think that a contempt motion, or a petition, or Sun News, or a private member's bill is going to do the trick. We waste time trying to explain conservative principles to each other and to an electorate that has been programmed not to listen.
We are not winning, and we can't rely on the people to help us win, and when the people do finally say, "Enough!", then they take it out of the people's hands.
For years- years, now- I've watched the Canadian electorate get oh-so-close to that point where they just lose it and turn against their government. And every time, they dip a toe in the water, and then pull it back. And for years now, I've watched the conservative movement in this country fail to grasp this elementary point; that if we aren't prepared to go to the lengths that the left will to win every single day, then we're not going to win. We're waiting for them to give us power.
But as we saw yesterday with Ford, power is not given.
It is taken.