Yes, the pictures of the redecorated Government Lobby in the House of Commons which were posted here yesterday are gone. Gone is Mr. Harper with a jet plane. With hockey players. With troops. With firefighters. With heads of state. With geographical landmarks. With adoring Canadians. All gone.
Like the photos of past Conservative prime ministers, which the Harper Forces stripped from the historic Parliamentary room in order to put up two dozen pictures of the same man, the dear leader – gone, gone, gone.
So, who censored this blog and requested the offending material be obliterated? I did. And there’s a good reason. You should know.
If the pictures remained here, I believe that some blameless, hard-working employees of the House of Commons would be disciplined, or worse. This could be the outcome of complaints made against them by the Government of Canada, for allegedly allowing material which was published here to have been photographed. This situation was made known to me just before QP today, presumably after Conservative officials had been in touch with their counterparts in the Liberal Party.
Just to be clear, no political colleague of mine ordered the pictures off this blog. No Harper official has gone on record asking for it, either. But by using the threat of professional injury to Commons security personnel, unless it happened, that outcome has taken place.
Vanity was just a lark, of course. Bullying is indefensible.
Intimidation and censorship? Let me count the ways…