New Lows Atop the Hill…
CBC’s political pundits are having a field day. Tonight’s edition of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s nightly news program "The National" gave this weeks trio, charied by host Peter Mansbridge, an opportunity to run down the Liberal’s entitlement to continue as the governing party because the Conservatives and Québec separatist party, the Bloc Québecois are going to fillibuster Parliament until the Liberals finally hold a vote of confidence in the Hosue of Commons.
These "great minds" couldn’t seem to come up with a single reason for a continuance. Yet, I can think of at least 3 good reasons the Liberals should remain in government for the next week, as outlined in a proposal today by Prime Minister Paul Martin:
- The federal budget, which expresses numerous spending priorities most Canadians appear (if polls are correct) to be in favour of and which will be considerably delayed if an election is called immediately,
- Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to arrive in Canada next week, and preparations have been undreway in Saskatchewan and Alberta for a very long time to prepare for her visit – plans made by ordinary Canadians who shouldn’t be affected by the nonsense in Ottawa, and
- what’s the big hurry?
The only response any of these media celebs could come up with was (paraphrasing) that they don’t deserve or need to be in office any longer. But actually, there are some very good reasons not to rush headlong into an election this second, merely because of some kind of pissing contest between Canada’s political leaders.
If the political leaders aren’t listening to ordinary Canadians, it’s pretty clear that so-called leaders in the media establishment aren’t either.
It’s sad that in a country that prides itself for its tolerance and otherwise patient nature has sunk to this new low. And we’ve all been lead to this very bad place by, of all people, a small group of politicians. When can we be Canadians again?
If there’s any sense of urgency so far as I’m concerned, it’s not over any forthcoming election. It’s to remember to be the decent folk I’ve always expected us to be.