Friday, April 08, 2005

Worth reading

Babble on.

As far as the implications of Brault's testimony are concerned, a number of familiar bloggers have great commentary posted. Following is just a sampling - you want the complete and unabridged list, Dust My Broom will hook you up.

Alan at Occam's Carbuncle rarely requires more than fifty words to say what I can't express in five-hundred. This post is no exception:

According to Martin's mouthpiece, Scott Reid, Martin is the "wire brush" that will scrub Canadian politics clean. As analogies go, I don't think it's the best. Let me offer one of my own - Paul Martin is the wet sponge that will water down and spread thin the stain on Canadian politics without actually cleaning anything.

Disagreement over the publication ban aside, Kate McMillan has two posts up today that are must-reads. If a picture paints a thousand words, why do three pictures leave me speechless? And just in case you didn't think Adscam could get much worse, Kate gives us a sneak peek at the rest of the iceberg.

Angry takes a walk through the Valley of Death and discovers a shameful silence:

Bottom line, the braintrust that constitutes the left wing of Canadian politics has nothing of substance to say with regards to allegations of institutionalized corruption at the highest levels of the governing Liberal Party. But they've got opinions about labour pension fund activism at Bombadier, dated yesterday.

What does this mean? I suspect they are studiously ignoring the issue, simply because they can't construct a coherent defence for what has been alleged, at least not quickly. And they are unwilling, at least right now, to criticize the Liberals and demand an election, because they fear that the Conservatives will come to power.

They'd rather keep the crooked Liberals. They just can't say that, so they're saying nothing.

Personally, I think they need a good dose of NDP MP Bill Blaikie:

Mr. Speaker, all this House and all the Canadian people ask of this Liberal government is one ounce of humility, one ounce of collective responsibility, one ounce of realizing that what is at stake here is not just the Liberal Party but the face of federalism in Quebec and across the country.

For the sake of Canada, for the sake of federalism and for the sake of integrity in Canadian politics, will someone get up and accept the collective responsibility for what has gone on and promise to repay the money, put it aside and put it somewhere where we can get access to it when we know what finally happened?

This is going to be one hell of an interesting ride. Hold on tight.

Babble off.

Update: POGGE proves once again why he is the class of the Canadian left (in comments to this post - be sure to read them all):

How often do we (meaning those coming at this from the left) complain about greed and corruption in the private sector? We maintain that some things should be run by the government because we can't trust those evil capitalists to do it properly. So here we have evidence of the Liberal party living up to our stereotype of the evil capitalists and we're supposed to say "Ah well, we knew they were corrupt but it's only a small part of the budget. Better the devil we know."

If that's the attitude we take, how do we look our opponents in the eye?

Integrity. There is no substitute.


At 7:01 a.m., Blogger Greg said...

Bill Blaikie is my man and one of the best parliamentarians since Stanley Knowles. Thanks for the quote, B.

At 11:30 a.m., Blogger Greg said...

P.S. I thought I remembered you called me the "Class of the Canadian Left", but in looking back I realize I was off by two letters. ;)

At 8:01 p.m., Blogger darcey said...

Thanks for the link Damian - I'm glad my left brain (not lefty) artsy side didn't go unnoticed!


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