We have an election coming up in Canada and her words need to be read again, in light of the last four years of the harper government in Canada.
Will Canadians again respond with their votes, their only weapon against corruption and tyranny, and punish Stephen Harper and his team? Because if we don't, it will mean that we are giving Harper and his Conservatives permission to continue to behave in the same manner.
We will be giving them permission to abuse our tax dollars for self promotion. ($247 million on the Canadian Economic Action Plan alone)
We will be giving them permission to treat our Parliament with disrespect.
We will be giving them permission to simply close down the House every time Stephen Harper is being challenged, and risks losing his job. The last prorogation cost taxpayers $50 million.
We will be giving them permission to alter documents after they've been duly signed. (Instead of taking responsibility, Harper is on the campaign trail suggesting that we don't care and that few Canadians have ever even heard of Bev Oda)
We will be giving them permission to withhold important information required by our elected MPs, to make decisions on our behalf.
We will be giving permission to buy off ethics commissioners to avoid them speaking of 200 ethics complaints against this government, many involving fraud. $500,000 of our money is the price of silence.
We will be giving them permission to dismiss the fact that two of their senators could go to jail for fraud, suggesting that it is a mere accounting error. An accounting error that involved fabricating receipts to collect taxpayer money that they weren't entitled to.
We will be giving them permission to expand prisons, take justice issues away from the justice department, and even lock up our children for minor marijuana offenses.
We will giving them permission to continue their assault on women's rights.
We will be giving them permission to continue their assault on gay rights.
We will giving them permission to continue their assault on basic human rights, as we witnessed at the G-20 in Toronto.
We will be giving them permission to continue their hostile takeovers of arms length agencies, and vilify any who oppose their agenda, from diplomats to academics.
We will be giving them permission to lie, cheat and steal.
If we give Stephen Harper another mandate, it means that he can continue his destruction of Canada with our blessing.
Is this really the message we want to send?
We have an opportunity to make history by taking back our country, and saying loud and clear that Canadians will continue to punish those who attempt to play fast and loose with our money and our rules.