Thursday, April 14, 2005

Three Ring Circus

What an odd day on Parliament Hill. First of all, the Liberal Kyoto plan was revealed, garnering less fanfare than Peter MacKay's speeding ticket last week. It certainly received less media attention than the never ending speculation about the innocuous Kyoto amendment last month that threatened to bring the government down.

On the topic of hot air, there were some absolutely jaw dropping quotes heard on the hill today. I almost wish the following was satire, but alas, the following were all said today:

"We have no room for traitors," said Anne McLellan on the National tonight, in reference to David Kilgour's defection. Well, except for Scott Brison and Jean Lapierre.

"You don't want to be a Liberal? Don't stay in my caucus. You don't believe in liberalism? Get the [expletive] out." said MP Jim Karygiannis about David Kilgour. Yes, the same Jim Karygiannis who has built up a reputation as one of the least Liberal and least loyal members of the Liberal caucus.

"It's a good position to be in, you don't want to peak too soon." Said Jean Lapierre, on the Liberals nose-dive in the polls in Quebec on the National. Lapierre, who took over as Martin's Quebec Lieutenant amid speculation the Bloc was about to go the way of the Socreds, refused to reveal when he hopes the party will "peak" in Quebec. 2008? 2012?

"Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda on health care." Screamed Paul Martin in the house. Woah. Health care is an issue again? Even after it's been fixed for a generation? Colour me confused.

"We are not prepared to see Stephen Harper and Gilles Ducceppe become this decade's version of Brian Mulroney and Lucien Bouchard." Said the Prime Minister in the House of Commons today as his Quebec Lieutenant, who co-founded the Bloc Quebecois with Lucien Bouchard, cheered him on.

And finally, the quote of the day:

"Stephen Harper sent Mike Harris and Preston Manning to reveal his health care platform" said Martin. I'm sorry. But this one is just too rich. A former Progressive Conservative Premier and the former leader of a defunct party can represent the Conservative health care vision but when high ranking Liberals are involved in scandal, they're "rogue Liberals"? This is an absolutely mind-boggling contradiction to me. I can't remember the last time a federal government looked this desperate.

Thursday Morning Update: Paul Martin is going to run on national unity and on a "who speaks for Canada?" platform. Wow. The ghost of RB Bennett's "new deal" is alive and with this deathbed conversion. If this is true, then Stephen Harper is going to have a fun time.

"How many Bloc Quebecois founders are in the Conservative caucus right now?"

"Paul, give me one example of a time when you have actually stood up to a Provincial Premier."

And best of all, courtesy of matt in the comments section,

"Liberals: The cause of, and solution to, Canada's unity problem."


  • I guess the silver lining for Liberals is that if they lose the next election, they'll lose the current slew of advisers in the PMO that have been feeding Martin his advice. Even before Gomery, I've wondered about this bunch.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 5:25 a.m.  

  • The current core of advisors horrible. If you are going to go negative go negative. Harper: Canada is "second tier" "smug" and "resentful" How dare Harper accuse the Liberals of racism for failing to hold an inquiry into the Mulroney's Conservative government air India failings. Stephen Harper has some gall to set himself up as the champion of Vancouver’s Indo Canadian community. Just a few years ago he described some of the ridings where many live as urban ghettos populated by Asian immigrants who have not integrated into Canadian society. He has some gall when it was he who failed to condemn a Conservative candidate who spoke of an “Asian invasion” and instead condemned those outraged by her remarks as propagating a form of McCarthyism.

    By Blogger Koby, at 6:17 a.m.  

  • Martin set to play unity card

    "Ottawa — Prime Minister Paul Martin vowed yesterday that national unity would play a big part in an election, suggesting that the fixation over the sponsorship inquiry could create winning conditions for a referendum in Quebec.

    Both inside and outside caucus, Mr. Martin and senior cabinet ministers warned of the dangers of the opposition forcing a general election, especially with Liberal support in Quebec bleeding away to the separatist Bloc Québécois."

    Liberals: the cause of, and the solution to, all of federalism's problems in Quebec.

    The country is being run by Homer Simpson.

    By Blogger matt, at 12:02 p.m.  

  • One more quote for the day:

    Liberal organizer Beryl Wajsman: “The Liberal Party of Canada needs the cultural communities only for two purposes, as slaves during an electoral campaign, or to buy tickets”.

    By Blogger matt, at 12:21 p.m.  

  • You know, intellectual honesty is a trait rarely observed in a Liberal. Good job. (Yes, this is a compliment)

    By Blogger Mike Brock, at 12:30 p.m.  

  • I think you're a bit unfair on some of these counts. However, you are right that this "unity" message is a horrible idea. They should stick to three things:

    1) We called the commission and Paul Martin has taken responsibility to clean up this mess

    2) Who do you trust to run the country? Certainly not Stephen Harper!

    3) Here are Liberal policies to move Canada forward

    All the rest reminds me of the first three weeks of the last election.

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 2:07 p.m.  

  • Yeah Jason, I think we're in for a replay of 2004.

    "Liberal corruption" versus "hidden agenda"

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:07 p.m.  

  • We, as voters, need to start taking the blame for this crap. We reward people for lying. We reward them for negative campaigning. We reward them for not having any f*&^*($ ideas.

    How about we elect someone who has the guts to tell us what they really think, even if it doesn't make their opponents look evil, and even if we might not all agree?

    But no. That's not an option. And it's our fault.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 6:32 p.m.  

  • Gauntlet: Sounds like you're an NDP voter :)

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 8:09 p.m.  

  • May the Liberals win another election for the sake of humanity. We are a humble country in many ways. A modest country certainly. But, I am not about to become something other then a Canadian just because the bushleaguer is going for the power grab down south. Grab a friend or two shake them. Vive le Liberality. Proud to be Canadian. Stop think about getting the
    power for ourselves and start thinking about winning we gotta think like 'conservative jocks' to beat them. WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN

    By Blogger Voltaire's Legitimate Children, at 12:05 a.m.  

  • Mike Brock:

    "Intellectual honesty" is a trait rarely observed in any political partisan - be they Liberal, Conservative, NDP, or Free Beer.

    By Blogger Jim, at 1:00 a.m.  

  • Scott,

    You might be onto something. Gauntlet's little oration pretty much sums up the sentiments that motivated me to join the NDP.

    By Blogger Socialist Swine, at 2:22 p.m.  

  • The one I came up with was:

    Because patriotism trumps corruption. Vote Liberal.

    By Blogger Mark Francis, at 11:02 p.m.  


    Vic Toews’ seriously misrepresented my views in Parliament yesterday. I’ve already contacted the upper echelons of the Conservatives and apparently a clarification is coming.

    Toews can't read French. I'm not Minister Cotler's Special Counsel. I’m not a senior Liberal organizer. I am President of Canada’s largest public-interest advocacy alliance the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal.I worked for Minister Cotler in 1999. In 2000 I took on a project to bring more cultural community involvement into the Liberal Party.

    In the interview I gave to Le Devoir I said that I faced resistance within the Liberal Party in Quebec to giving cultural community representatives responsible positions other than just as campaign slaves and ticket buyers. I was working for and with cultural communities as I have done for most of my career. The pertinent parts of the interview are reproduced below.

    Sadly there remains a lingering and shameful double standard in our public life. One for members of the founding cultures, another for "the others" This simmering racism feeds and nurtures a climate that gives rise to scurrilous comments on the Holocaust, on ethnics and money and other forms of derision and vilification. This cannot go unanswered or unchallenged. We should not continually look at our nation through rose-colored glasses.

    Every minority’s fight for equity and equality is never relegated only to that community, for the concerns raised speak to our character as a people and test the courage of our collective conscience. This is a matter that can be understood only with the iconography and imagery of a civil rights struggle. Racism must never be allowed to wear the cloak of quasi-legitimacy proffered by "gentlemen’s agreements". We must marshal a resolve to expose these dark shadows to the healing rays of the light of day.

    Canada is not in John Porter’s phrase "the vertical mosaic". It is not an elegant integration of various cultures and colours. It is a good and gentle land where each new immigrant wave brings with it diversity and daring that propels every generation to new levels of greatness. But each wave also faces the stubborn cynicism and peculiar prejudices of our founding cultures.

    We can make a radical break with the past. But we must always be vigilant against sinking back into a quagmire of petty parochialism and private prejudice. It is a time where all must become, in Malraux’s words, . . ."les citoyens et citoyennes engagés". . . We have an opportunity and a responsibility to build a new vision for this new era based on a generosity of spirit bred in the sure knowledge that only through our deeds and daring will we overcome the division and discord of the past few decades.

    Le Devoir
    LES ACTUALITÉS, mercredi 13 avril 2005, p. a2

    Beryl Wajsman nie les allégations de l'ancien directeur général du PLC
    Kathleen Lévesque

    Beryl Wajsman a expliqué s'être impliqué au PLC à afin de créer des ponts avec les différentes communautés culturelles. C'est une histoire politique. M. Wajsman a souligné qu'il y avait une divergence de vues importante sur la présence de militants issus de l'immigration. «(Certaine fonctionnaires de la parti voulait que tout ces ethniques [sic] soient déplacés dans une commission des communautés culturelles. [...] Chaque fois que le Parti libéral a besoin des communautés culturelles, il en a besoin pour deux choses: comme esclaves dans les campagnes électorales ou pour acheter des billets. Dans un parti, il y a cinq commissions: jeunes, femmes, politiques, [communautés culturelles] et finances. Le pouvoir, c'est aux finances. Si tu peux vendre des billets pour les événements, ramasser des contributions, tu as du pouvoir et de l'influence dans le parti même pour les questions politiques. Et les chefs des communautés culturelles voulaient une place à la commission des Finances. C'était une condition», a raconté Beryl Wajsman.

    © 2005 Le Devoir. Tous droits réservés.

    Beryl P. Wajsman, president
    Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal.

    By Blogger Beryl P. Wajsman, Esq., at 12:34 p.m.  

  • Harper is scary man! He is white and young and not so bad lookin' that is scary to an amigo like me!!

    We need a man like Paulo Martino who looks like an old woman who looks like a dog from behind and looking up!

    By Blogger Walsh Writes, at 10:33 a.m.  

  • I can definitely relate to that. Before considering much else, I pretty much decided that Canadian immigration is my best option and although I have been tempted to reconsider from time to time, I can't help but think about how much the 2000 elections have changed things for us (and not for the better I'm affraid).

    I really enjoy this blog, I'll be back!

    By Blogger James Raymond, at 3:38 p.m.  

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