Saturday, March 19, 2005

Perpetual Opposition

Why are the Liberals Canada's "Government Party" and not the Tories? Here's a reason.

It's not too surprising. This PC/Alliance marriage always had a "Britney Spears wedding" feeling to it.


  • check out spector's take on this, i.e. better a 1 day fake feud grab the headlines than cheryl gallant.

    By Blogger matt, at 2:46 p.m.  

  • So the Conservative brain-trust dreamt this up to distract from Gallant? I dont think this bunch is that crafty to think up something like that.

    Now.. maybe you can explain to me how wearing buttons reading "It's The Stupid Charter" is going to win the CPC the next election. This Party shoots itself in the foot so many times.. they'll have no foot left.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 3:23 p.m.  

  • Calling the Charter stupid is shooting yourself in the head. For their own sake, I hope that no one who intends to run in the next election got caught photographed wearing one of those stupid buttons.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 3:31 p.m.  

  • whoa! I was wanting to mention something I found interesting on the part of Spector (and per him, CBC's Eric Sorenson), not defend Ezra Levant: two very different things.

    By Blogger matt, at 4:19 p.m.  

  • Between media bashing, pro BMD resolutions, anti SSM resolutions and anti protocol resolutions the CPC managed to throw in a little drama. Why did they bother? They may as well declare themselves an extension of the GOP (US Republican Party)anyway.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 7:24 p.m.  

  • They also decided to abandon the principle of proportional representation, if I read CBC correctly.. so much for democratic reform and claiming to represent the grass-roots.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 8:01 p.m.  

  • I think it is damn funny that Elsie Wayne gets up and claims that if you had a referendum 90% of people would vote against same-sex marriage, but at the convention the vote was 75-25. If you can't get your 90% at a conservative convention, where can you get it.

    By Blogger iloveLaP, at 9:03 p.m.  

  • Well, IMHO our problems have to do with the Reform grassroots drives everything mindset. Frankly a little top down shut yer mouth leadership is needed.

    Being ex-reformers the whole party says what it thinks and doesn't hold back telling others why they are wrong within the party, never mind the rest of the planet. The PC's that stuck with it (and there aren't many of us) are obliged to speak up or be trampled.

    Yes, it's a recipe for certain perpetual opposition.

    Why am I the only one that misses Joe Clark? (lol)

    By Blogger Bemused, at 11:10 p.m.  

  • I was suprised to hear Harper say "God bless Canada" at the end of his speech. Is this something new that he is doing or have I just missed it from the past? I don’t ever remember seeing a modern day Canadian politician saying that before. I wonder if this is some kind of new tactic to appeal to the religious community in Canada in the same manner as politicians do in the U.S? Or have I just always missed that before? Anyway… I find it scary as I feel a tingle in my spine any time the separation between church and state is blurred.

    By Blogger Bill, at 7:07 p.m.  

  • Harper's been saying that since his leadership run. Gets under my skin too; at the time I figured it was to get a certain constituency against Clement/Stronach. Now, I offer no explanation.

    But it has nothing to do with blurring the church/state separation: politicians informing their positions on moral issues with reference to their personal morality necessarily involves their religion (if applicable). For a great example, check out Mr. Trudeau.

    The precept you refer to is the insitutionalization of a given religion. In which case you might want have a gander at the preamble of our constitution, and requirements for our head of state.

    By Blogger matt, at 2:25 p.m.  

  • I heard the "God bless Canada" comment too. But Harper really mumbled it out quickly, almost like he was embarassed to be saying it. Obviously, he's playing to his base.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:28 p.m.  

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