When even the CBC thinks you're a traitor
On my way into work this morning, I got tired of listening to endless strings of amateurish, annoying radio ads, and switched over to CBC's The Current. Normally, a few minutes of Anna Maria Tremonti is enough to set me pining again for ham-handed car commercials featuring a Liberal MP and the worst GM in Leafs history (those who know are nodding right now). But this morning, Anthony Germain was sitting in, and he interviewed Benedict Stronach, the Honourable Sock Puppet for Wealth Redistribution (just not too much of her wealth or her Daddy's, for heaven's sake).
While I'm on that, does anyone else find it funny that someone who would need a chair lift to reach the top of her personal fortune, were it heaped in a pile of twenties, is in charge of student loans, homelessness, Employment Insurance, Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, and the like? It's not like that disqualifies her, but...I'm taking bets on how long it will be before she handles a public complaint with "Let them eat a larger economic pie." Wait for it.
Back to the matter at hand: Germain really lit into her. My chin was bouncing off the steering wheel as I listened to a CBC radio host *making the sign against evil* play back a shiny new Liberal's past speeches, where she called Martin either criminal or incompetent for his role in handling the nation's finances and as the senior Minister from Quebec while Adscam was perpetrated. Heck, the guy even suggested she dumped Harper and MacKay at the same time!
Although she stuck like glue to her talking points, the area where she seemed as close to sincere and passionate as you're likely to get from Belinda Stepford was when she talked about national unity. Apparently, "lining up with the separatist Bloc" to bring down the government was too much for her to take. Her big epiphany? "The country is more important than partisan politics." I'm glad she cleared that up for us, 'cause I was all ready to flush Canada down the toilet just to stick a finger in Paul the Dithering Weasel's eye.
Unlike many, I never thought Belinda was a dummy. I have a blonde wife who's sharp as a tack, so the bimbo stereotype never really sunk in. Sure, I cringed at her speaking style - but I cringe listening to GWB and Harper too. That's just a matter of polish, and I was willing to cut her some slack. I also spoke briefly with her at a small fundraiser last year, and found her much more serious and well-spoken in person than she comes across on TV.
But if she's using national unity as an excuse to jump ship to the Liberals, she's a complete dope. Voting against an incompetent and corrupt government that ignores parliamentary tradition in order to buy time to buy votes is what a principled Opposition does. The fact that the separatists have lined up on the right side of an issue for once in their fetid little lives is a check mark for them, not a strike against the Conservatives.
She accused Stephen Harper of not being "truly sensitive to the needs of each part of the country and just how big and complex Canada really is." Yet the consequences in both Quebec and the West of propping up a government both regions viscerally despise are lost on her. Having a central Ontarian jump in such a self-serving fashion into the Liberal trough to gorge herself on Ministerial power provides more fuel for separatist fires than she is obviously capable of comprehending.
She is an untrustworthy twit, playing games with consequences she does not understand, and I sincerely hope the good people of Aurora and Newmarket turf her Armani-draped tush out of public office at the next available opportunity.