Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Captain Canada

In candid moments with confidants, the Prime Minister [Chretien] would accuse Martin of being soft on separatists and too eager to grant concessions to the provinces.

-Susan Delacourt (p.98 Juggernaut)


Say what you will about a CBC bias, but Terry Milewski has a biting report tonight which can be seen here. In it, we see a clip of Martin panning Harper's UNESCO proposal. One problem: Martin said the exact same thing last year, and Maleski has the video to prove it:

"Quebec must not only be with us at the UNESCO table. The door must be wide open to them. And I promise unequivocally, it will be."


Here's what Martin is saying today:

Speaking to reporters in Ayr, Ont., Prime Minister Paul Martin said: "Let me be clear: My position is we are one country, and you don't strengthen Canada by weakening the federal government."

Canada is one country that speaks with one voice internationally, "not two and not ten," he said.


Problem is, Martin has never had this opinion before. One of the reasons I could never support Martin for leadership was his position on Quebec. He supported Meech. He opposed the Clarity Act (albeit in his usual, "stay silent and leak it through backbenchers" kind of way). He brought in Jean Lapierre to be his Quebec lieutenant and tried to drive Stephane Dion out of the party. While I do appreciate Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, I doubt it's legitimacy. For his entire career he has believed in the Mulroney federalism and suddenly he'd like to have Canadians believe he walks in Trudeau's shadow? I don't think so.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. Martin quietly doubted Chretien's decision to stay out of Iraq and ran commercials attacking Harper on it last election. Martin quietly opposed same sex marriage until this election and now he's viciously attacking Harper on the issue (without ever once saying he supports Same Sex Marriage - it's the Charter, stupid). Martin quietly made his objections to Kyoto known during the leadership race and now is attacking George Bush on it. He quietly complained about Jean Chretien's poor relationship with George Bush and now...well, see the last point.

There's also talk Martin will try to fight the rest of the campaign by painting Harper as a patsy the provinces can push around. Oh boy. Why doesn't he just fight the election on decisiveness? Or on off-shore tax havens?

[Cross-Posted to CTV Weblog]

13 Comments:

  • It's getting interesting. Since Captain Chicken has declined to debate 1-on-1 with Duceppe, Harper has offered to stand in for the fowl Chicken.

    Link is here:

    http://www.thiscanada.com/2005/12/21/attaboy-harper/

    Two things will happen. Harper's offer gets accepted, or Martin's guys get to TQS first, rescinding Martin's refusal to debate Duceppe.

    I'm betting on the latter, but hoping for the former.

    By Anonymous Erik Sorenson, at 1:22 AM  

  • This guy is looking more and more pathetic each day! Does he have at least one principle that can stand the archives test? Doesnt seem that way. And yea, I agree, that bit on The National didn't look good at all for Martin. They really tore him a new one on that flip flop.

    By Anonymous m.k. braaten, at 1:44 AM  

  • CG said "There's also talk Martin will try to fight the rest of the campaign by painting Harper as a patsy the provinces can push around."

    That is truly funny. And desperately sad. If Martin's the tough one with the provinces, how much money would they get from Harper??? The mind boggles.

    I personally believe the Martin team's ultimate goal is to reduce 'politics' to such a low level of esteem that widespread lack of participation in the process ensures their sustained power.

    They want to eliminate 'quaint' notions like credibility, it's all about what you say, not what you do or have done. They want to drive interested and engaged people screaming from the political process as they carpet bomb the country with utter and total inanity. Thank god Terry Milewski has pointed this out, but it is just one tiny step. The media is too lazy to report anything other than what they are fed, by ALL SIDES (no tinfoil hats here, no sir). Other parties, seeing the success the Liberals have had with the straight up reporting of ridiculously hypocrytical statements and policies, are doing it themselves.

    It is DESPERATELY sad.

    By Anonymous NotBobChiarelli, at 2:33 AM  

  • CG, you have just illustrated exactly why I simply cannot support this Liberal "leader" any longer. I was caught up in "Martin-mania" back in 2002-03, and I believed that he would be a great leader for this country. I have been disappointed by nearly every decision and flip-flop he has made, and that is why I will be voting for the Conservatives in this election.

    By Blogger RGM, at 8:39 AM  

  • richard: ditto.

    grey wall

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 AM  

  • The more I read that last paragraph, the less I'm sure whether it is meant to be parody or reality.

    By Blogger Andrew Spicer, at 1:23 PM  

  • Just listening to Kinsella on CFRA with Michael Harris.

    Basically crapped all over Martin.

    Predicted Harper will win.

    By Anonymous springer, at 1:34 PM  

  • As for your comment about CBC bias, they've actually done a pretty good job this time around at being fair, for once. However CTV has more than made up for the lack of Harper-bashing at the Mothercorp

    By Blogger McGuire, at 3:43 PM  

  • Preach it brother!

    Martin is becoming a sad joke on this issue.

    By Blogger Brandon, at 7:06 PM  

  • Finally, a REAL plan for asserting Arctic sovereignty!!!

    "The Conservative plan for defending Arctic sovereignty includes:

    Stationing three new armed ice breakers -- to be made in Canada -- in the area of Iqaluit

    Building a new military/civilian deep-water docking facility in the Iqaluit area

    Establishing underwater listening posts to monitor northern waters for foreign submarines and ships

    Building a new Arctic army training centre in the area of Cambridge Bay on the Northwest Passage

    Stationing new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft in Yellowknife"

    http://www.ctv.ca/mini/election2006/

    Man, what will it be like to have a real Prime Minister who knows "sovereignty" amounts to a hell of a lot more than beaking off anti-American drivel and flailing arms in the air like helicopters instead of having real ones.

    Awesome!

    Meanwhile...

    Paul Martin continues to spend most of this election campaign with his pants around his ankles.

    Useless wannabe shmuck! His next original thought will be his first.

    By Anonymous springer, at 11:41 AM  

  • There is this letter floating around the net, in which Mr. Harper explains himself to Americans and declares himself their friend. I don't get it. Why would he do this poodle walk for the Americans when he very nearly gagged when asked if he loved Canada.
    Back in 97 or 98 there was another example of this sucking up to an American audience he was speaking to, and I have seen that also on the net.
    This is ridiculous. I mean John A would flatter the Americans, but only to distract them while he proceeded to build a country and out flank the greedy stinkers. Who needs Harper as a lap dog.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:00 PM  

  • Going over the 1997 Auditors reports and the navigation system sale 1.5 billion to Nav Canada and they pay back 1.4 billion a month for two years this deal really stinks It makes Gomery look loke a joke. Martin would have a hard time doing his oimpersonation of Seargent Shultz knowing nothing. Lots of embarrasing moments in the Cretien regime, http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/media.nsf/html/press97.html

    I'm a bit of a history buff. Too bad the media has such a short memory. I guess you can't step on the toes of your best client. I have to wonder If Martin backed out of the NORAD deal because he would have to pay a contractor in order to use the Nav system to contribute. I guess that would be embarasing to talk about in camera.

    Goodales office is getting investigated on income trusts. RCMP have announced it this hour.

    Cheers

    By Blogger FXR, at 5:03 PM  

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