|Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory (1997)|
It is one thing to condemn a government. It is quite another to condemn entire institutions as faulty or, worse yet, corrupt, simply because of the behaviour of one government. A government is not a reflection of an institution. Governments are transient. Their actions and policies can be reversed. Conversely, institutions are more permanent, yet not unalterable, but require a substantial degree of time to manipulate and change by a single regime. Stephen Harper, even with an majority, will be unable to fundamentally change our institutions. His impact, even if it is is detrimental, is reversible. The Parliament of today, after all, cannot bind future Parliaments.