On Friday, the Canadian Press reported that The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has voted to abandon its traditional neutrality during federal elections:
Members of the union have complained bitterly about what they claim is the muzzling of federal scientists and political interference with their work.
The union, which represents some 55,000 professionals in the public service, has traditionally chosen to stay at arm's length from elections.
But union president Debi Daviau says the government's war on labour unions and its cuts to public service jobs have forced a change in strategy.
"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions," Daviau said in a written statement Friday.
Unions will become, in the Harperite lexicon, subversives. And, with Canada's entry into Iraq, you can bet that the the prime minister will paint his opponents as weak kneed cowards. Those who oppose income splitting will be branded anti-family. And those who oppose the kind of trade deals Harper has been signing will be called the enemies of prosperity. Environmentalists are already enemies of the state.
The Conservatives have bottled their venom. They intend to release it every day until the election. And it's going to be a very nasty election.