Conservatives Invoke Hypocritical Line in House
Canada’s Conservative party is able to take the high road with the governing Liberals less and less these days. Yesterday, the Tory Public Works Critic, James Moore, called the PM "pathetic" in remarks made concerning the announcement of David Kilgour’s resignation. Kilgour, of course, has been both a (Progressive) Conservative as well as a Liberal – I wonder hour Moore might have felt as Kilgour was being ejected from his party were they both around back then. It seemed a bit deflating, too, to have Moore screw up and refer to Kilgour by name during his preamble – which is against the rules of debate in the House of Commons.
The sponsorship scandal is certainly something the Liberals ought to be ashamed of. And they seem as if they are. And there’s way too much opportunism from the Conservatives so far in their pursuit of the Liberals over it. Consider Jake Eps’s (Con., Provencher – MB) remarks just today – querying the Attorney General during Question Period today on the subject of the sponsorship scandal (known here as "Adscam"). I recall that Epp was himself the subject of controversy some years ago in Manitoba on the very same subject the Liberals are now: illegal campaign contributions. And there he is letting more hot hair escape, and getting himself rightly blasted by Cotlore both on that and the subject of antisemitism.
I suppose it’s all good for Epp though – I few up in the Provencher riding and that seat is safely Conservative no matter how much hypocrisy abounds concerning the sponsorship scandal. Ironically, people there oft complain about how "safe" the Liberals have been to this point and how frustrating it is nobody will punish them for their flaws.
Of course, for many Conservatives, it doesn’t work both ways does it?
Stay tuned – such rich political theatre has pundits speculating there’ll be an election in June 2005, just a year after the Liberals took office.