Thursday, February 10, 2005

Gossip Mongers

I do love Pierre Bourque's site, but at times the "breaking news" insider rumours of his can be a bit over the top ("Bernard Lord ready to run!!!"). According to his latest update, "persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin are looking for ways to put the kibosh on the long-running Gomery Adscam Inquiry".

Now, as politically inept as "persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin" are, I can't believe that "persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin" would be this stupid. If persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin were to "kibosh" the inquiry, we all know that the next day there would be a non-confidence motion in the House of Commons and an election where the Bloc and Conservatives would have the campaign issue of a lifetime.

That said, I think there may be some truth behind Pierre's rumours in that persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin are likely having some regrets about the inquiry. Given the heaps of money burned by the inquiry, the performance of the Judge, and the lack of new information that's been unearthed, Martin and friends are finally starting to realize what an incredibly stupid idea it was to set up the inquiry in the first place. Hell, it didn't even succeed in embarrassing Jean Chretien - that was likely its main purpose in the eyes of many in the PMO.

But, right or wrong, Gomery is here to stay. Persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin set it up, and persons close to Prime Minister Paul Martin are going to have to live with the consequences.

4 Comments:

  • Regarding the comment about the inquiry perhaps beung looked at by the PMO to embarrass Chretien:

    I dont know if that was the case or not.. but it seems to have melted away.. Chretien got a standing ovation by the Liberal Caucus for his testimony (as initially reported by Kinsella, and now confirmed in the Toronto Star) and it was MARTIN of all people who praised Chretiens testimony and recommnded to his causus that they applaud Chretien rather then him.

    Very classy.. maybe this can be the start of burying the hatchet between the 2 groups - an unintended benefit of Gomery.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 5:36 AM  

  • The fact that Scott Reid has ballyhooed the Bourque report is interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the quote, that the commission has been "drawing few conclusions beyond the obvious known to most at least a year ago."

    Just a week ago all Good Liberals were complaining that it was too early for _any_ conclusions to have been drawn.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:54 AM  

  • Bourque was on the Rutherford show today. I have to say I wasn't particularly impressed. He didn't seem to have much substantial to say. I think he might have been onto something regarding "compliant" (or perhaps he meant complacent) media. However, he just seemed to be full of the hot air and affected indignation of the western Canadian right.

    By Blogger Socialist Swine, at 8:45 PM  

  • I just noticed that my ability to write grammatically somehow has wandered away. My last comment should have read:

    "Bourque was on the Rutherford show today. I have to say I wasn't particularly impressed. He didn't seem to have much substantial to say. I grant that think he might have been onto something regarding "compliant" (or perhaps he meant complacent) media. However, otherwise he just seemed to be full of the hot air and affected indignation of the western Canadian right."

    I'm not sure how I left out the "grant that" and "otherwise"....

    By Blogger Socialist Swine, at 8:47 PM  

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