This is a summary of what Harper and his ministers have said about the new crime bill over the last day or so:
Vote for it! No amendments! We would be terribly upset if you VOTE AGAINST IT!
Please, whatever you do, don’t VOTE AGAINST IT!
We would hate to fight an election where we get to accuse the opposition of being soft on crime!
There’s a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where Calvin tries rather awkwardly to lay a “trap” for Susie by loudly announcing that it would be terrible for him if his secret coded message fell into her hands. He then proceeds to drop it in front of her more or less. Susie obviously sees through this plan as I suspect the opposition has with Harper’s.