Tuesday, March 06, 2007

In The News

A few tid-bits:

First off, there's Elizabeth Thompson reminding us what Harper was saying about the Quebecois circa 1995 (h/t Wells). Given that Lawrence Cannon is allowed to change his mind on this topic several time within a span of minutes, I'll cut Steve some slack and not hold him to what he said 12 years ago.

Moving even further into the history of Stephen Harper, I came across this interesting factoid in the comments section of another post:

Trudeau was one of the young Stephen Harper's earliest political inspirations, in fact. Admiration for the then-prime minister led him to join the Liberal student club a friend founded in the mid-1970s at Richview Collegiate in Etobicoke, Ont.

Back in the present, the Liberals are thinking about running some pre-writ TV ads of their own. Not a bad idea, if you ask me.

Oh, and we're number 1! We're number 1!

And, finally, Scooter Libby is guilty.

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10 Comments:

  • Wajid should get Garth's office.

    By Blogger matt, at 7:58 PM  

  • I remember it being talked about that Harper was a member of a Young Liberals group when he was younger, but I never knew he was that big on Trudeau. I guess you learn something new every day. Maybe we'll get him to cross the floor to our side ;).

    By Blogger UWHabs, at 8:10 PM  

  • Woo! #1!

    Let's all take a moment to ponder the sad implications of a fifty-something man going by "Scooter."

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 8:11 PM  

  • We are so lucky Sweden wasn't in the poll. They'd have kicked our asses silly.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:49 PM  

  • Interesting that Liberals cannot hide their disdain for all things American, and even worse, Republican, but take the case of Libby. Charged, tried and sentenced under the administration he served. For leaking information. If leaking information were punished in Canada, Paul Martin's entire administration would be in trouble.

    In Canada, we had several hundred million public dollars stolen and used to illegally finance election campaigns, fund the lavish lifestyle of several criminals, and to finance the operations of a political party. Political types charged: Zero. Chance that one Federal Liberal official or political type will spend one day in jail: Zero.

    While the Liberals are soft on crime in general, they are particularly soft on Liberal crime, it appears.

    By Blogger Grithater, at 7:03 AM  

  • I don't know Grithater, it seems to me IL Libby is guilty (although 25 years and 1 million dollars guilty, I'm really not so sure).

    Yet I do feel that there definitely should be more Liberals guilty and in jail for abusing public trust -- as well as Tories from the government preceding their governments.

    And I've no doubt there will be Tories in this government who deserve some sort of prison time.

    I don't see it as much of a partisan issue. Politicians get away with nefarious doings all the time, and it's frustrating.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 8:23 AM  

  • I confess my ignorance here:

    I pretty much agree with Harper's comments on who is a "people" in Quebec - that was the exact argument I used against Ignatieff's idea to make "Quebec" (the province) a "people" (his notion being the final reason I needed to turn against him).

    I was a bit skeptical of Harper's idea that the "Quebecois" form a "nation", but - it seemed worlds better than Ignatieff's because it pointed towards the people, the Quebecois, and not the province.

    I know it was all up in the air regarding, "who exactly IS a Quebecois?", but my question is - and here's where my ignorance comes in - what's the difference between Harper's comments then and his actions last year?

    I don't get it. :(

    Is it that "who is a Quebecois" is not spelled out in that motion??

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 8:28 AM  

  • I think Harper's being deliberately vague on the significance of the motion.

    By Blogger The Tiger, at 10:31 AM  

  • Also in the news:

    ....Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has effectively established a reputation for confronting and combating gun and gang violence, Bryant’s paper asserts.

    Bryant says the Liberals have “very little substance to offer by way of alternative, and certainly nothing new or effective.

    Winnipeg Free Press

    By Blogger anonymous, at 11:02 AM  

  • For leaking information.

    No, for lying to investigators.

    Interesting that Liberals cannot hide their disdain for all things American, and even worse, Republican, but take the case of Libby.

    I like or love many things about America; the current Republican Administration is not one of them.

    If leaking information were punished in Canada, Paul Martin's entire administration would be in trouble.

    If you're referring to ordinary leaks, such as political stuff, those are not criminal in any way; only releasing information classified under the Official Secrets Act is.

    Political types charged: Zero. Chance that one Federal Liberal official or political type will spend one day in jail: Zero.

    Evidence that this has anything to do with political interference: Zero. Anyway, the only American elected official who got convicted in this whole affair was convicted for lying under oath and obstruction of justice, not for the actual offence being investigated. Libby's not even an elected official, such as the VP, the mastermind of the whole thing.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 11:05 PM  

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