But some lie more than others…a lot more.
If there’s one point on which Stephen Harper has been adamant, it’s his claim that the opposition politicians trying to strip him of power are undermining democracy.
"The Canadian government has always been chosen by the people," the prime minister declared in his mid-week televised address to the country.
But now, he told viewers, a coalition of opposition parties is trying to oust him through a backroom deal "without your say, without your consent and without your vote."
Just how valid is Harper’s claim that changing governments without a new election would be undemocratic?
"It’s politics, it’s pure rhetoric," said Ned Franks, a retired Queen’s University expert on parliamentary affairs. "Everything that’s been happening is both legal and constitutional."
Other scholars are virtually unanimous in their agreement. They say Harper’s populist theory of democracy is more suited to a U.S.-style presidential system, in which voters cast ballots directly for a national leader, than it is to Canadian parliamentary democracy.
"He’s appealing to people who learned their civics from American television," said Henry Jacek, a political scientist at McMaster University.
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If I get one more retarded facebook invitation to another group that claims the opposition parties, that represent 62% of the vote, are being undemocratic in tossing Harper’s government on its arse, I will implode, explode or something worse.