Monday, December 01, 2008

Which came first? The game of chicken, or the egg on Ivison's face?

Memo to the National Post:

Yes, I know your chief rival won't print a story unless there are "Liberal insiders" to quote. But that's no excuse. And when you splash "Liberal-NDP plan would see Ignatieff as PM" on your front page just hours before Dion is unanimously chosen to lead the coalition, you come across looking pretty amateurish.

Oh, and to whoever leaked that story to Ivison - you may think you are helping your candidate of choice by spreading stories like that around, but you most definitely are not.


  • Why assume it came from a Liberal?

    This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, and if we get fooled by all the Conservative dirty tricks we're going to be awfully polarized and unhappy before we're through.

    By Blogger Yappa, at 9:33 PM  

  • I really believe that leak came from our friends in the CPC War Room, but we'll never know, unless Ivison writes his memoirs some day.

    Anyway, I just took a scroll down the National Post's Full Comment page and I feel like I need a shower. I remember when the Post was founded, and despite the Conservative/Alliance bent I regularly read it for its quality opinion writing, its top-notch political reporters, and its wall-to-wall Hill coverage. Dare I say, I miss Conrad?

    By Blogger A BCer in Toronto, at 9:41 PM  

  • Maybe it was correct until Iggy made a deal last night - we'll never know.

    Random musing: can Harper legally call a referendum on what the governor-general should do?

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 10:10 PM  

  • There is no doubt that the PM must resign. Not should, but must resign. He has lost the trust of Parliament, his judgment is highly suspect and he has yet to win a majority in how many tries as leader of the opposition against an opposition that was crippled by scandal, by a leader who was seen as weak and ineffective, with poor English skills, and could not reach 40% of the electorate. Then to force this vote with an economic non-statement, with nothing but arrows at the opposition, and to act surprised at the outcome is the hight of incompetence. Tories across this country should rise up in righteous anger and call for a leadership review and toss him. Bernard Lord, Jim Prentice and Tony Clement are three names that could easily and successfully earn the support of the Canadian public and the rightful place of the Conservative Party in Parliament.

    By Anonymous Stephen Bauer, at 10:14 PM  

  • From the preamble of the Accord:

    "a belief in the role of Government to act as a partner with Canadians and Quebecers."

    You have already partitioned the country! This is the first government ever to have agreed to such a thing. Woe, Canada!

    This is treasonous behaviour. Shame, shame, shame. Liberals will regret the day that they undermined our country for the sake of power.

    JC Kelan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 PM  

  • It would be awefully embarassing to Kory's Tory Talking-Pointers - not that they are capable of being embarassed, but - if any quotes were to ever surface in which Stephen Harper said "Canadians and Quebecers" or some such thing.

    By Anonymous mulge, at 10:31 PM  

  • I hear Paul Godfrey's going to publish the NP.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:47 PM  

  • mulge,

    Will this do?

    "And after a year in power, Canadians and Quebecers know that we keep our word."

    From here

    By Blogger jmnlman, at 11:00 PM  

  • Hey mulge, the Liberals have formally entered into an accord with the separatists to share power. That's what your party represents to Canadians.

    Rationalize all you want, but that stinks. Who stands up for Canada? Well, Dion might if Duceppe tells him its okay.

    Shameful, Liberals. Where is your honour and sense of country?

    JC Kelan

    By Blogger JCKelan, at 11:05 PM  

  • It may be Ivison, but he'd have to be a complete moron to post Liberal gossip based on Tory sources.

    It's hard to say where in the LPC the leak came from, but it obviously came from a Liberal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 PM  

  • John Ivison thinks Dewey was a great president.

    By Anonymous Harry Truman, at 11:13 PM  

  • To quote the song...

    Flavor Flav is the one who
    makes The Post money.

    Paraphrase away!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:14 PM  

  • The most important job of a Canadian Prime Minister is national unity.

    Stephane Dion has failed on this point already.

    By entering into a formal accord with the Bloc, he has:

    - given them legitimacy in the eyes of soft nationalist and even federalist voters.
    - made it easier for the Bloc to campaign in the next election as being "not really" about separation.
    - made the separatists seem a whole lot less scary for voters.

    The Liberal Party are creating winning conditions for separatists.


    JC Kelan

    By Blogger JCKelan, at 11:53 PM  

  • Neither side has much to be proud of.

    Both sides are acting with open and unethical hostility to their opponents.

    Both sides are attempting to subvert democracy.

    Both sides are placing the interests of their party above that of the country.

    I just wish both sides could pay. But someone has to come out ahead and neither side deserves to.

    I mean honestly ... taping secret conversations? Stealing power that couldn't be won in an election? Making concessions to separatists in so doing? Trying to destroy opposition? Attempting to hide from the House? Shameful. Everyone.

    There is very little for anyone to be proud of. I wish there were someone rising above this so I knew who to support next election (assuming that someone rose to his party's leadership). Although it appears that elections don't even matter.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 12:16 AM  

  • Agreed Robert V. They're all scum in their own ways.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 12:37 AM  

  • Ivison is pretty hostile to the LPC; when I read it I assumed it was intended (as most of the Post's coverage is) as anti-coalition spin.

    Let's be careful not to take his ill-timed attempt at stirring up infighting and use it to stir up infighting, eh?

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 12:53 AM  

  • Robert's right. Everyone comes across looking pretty bad in all this.

    Harper is a dick, and the opposition are power hungry.

    By Anonymous DC, at 9:15 AM  

  • BTW I agree about stupid leaks and anon "insiders", etc. What's wrong with the media? Regardless of their bias or positions.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 10:23 AM  

  • BTW I agree about stupid leaks and anon "insiders", etc. What's wrong with the media? Regardless of their bias or positions.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 10:23 AM  

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