For many years, Peter Russell has been one of Canada's leading constitutional experts.
In an astonishing interview on the ontarionewswatch.com website, the University of Toronto professor emeritus characterized the Stephen Harper government as having "some pretty disgusting people in it".
Russell was referring to how the Harper government responded to the federal Liberals and New Democrats' plan to form a coalition government in late 2008.
Russell maintained that Harper government officials "were going to mislead Canadians into believing Mr. Dion's government was unconstitutional and in effect, a coup d'état".
And that left then–governor general Michaëlle Jean in a difficult position in responding to Harper's decision to buy time by suspending Parliament.
"It was quite clear that that was what they were prepared to do," Russell said. "And bad as that is, she had a government that has some pretty disgusting people in it when it comes to talking to Canadians about how our constitution works."
Then he added this: "I think they're disgusting rather than ignorant."
He also emphasized that it's "absolutely B.S." that parties in Parliament can't form a coalition without first going to the people in an election.
In addition, Russell condemned the Conservatives for denying the legitimacy of Bloc Québécois MPs, saying this was "dreadful for Canadian unity".
The video is available here.
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