To expect Dion, another headstrong ideologue, to pass that test, to learn to listen and accept advice, is to miss the central point of this showdown. Character matters. It was Harper’s dark side that provoked the crisis; it will only get worse if Dion can’t overcome the failings that made him such a poor choice for Liberal leader.
~James Travers [thestar.com]
The biggest Liberal loser in the party’s electoral history, a self-admitted campaign failure who advocated carbon taxes as sound economy policy and lacks significant Western Canada representation, seems set to become prime minister next week. Forgive them. They know not what they’ve done. ~Don Martin [National Post]
The Liberals sold their soul in the sponsorship scandal. They are selling it again to grab power. Hang on to your wallets. The sponsorship scandal will have nothing on this. ~Bob Dudley
Is this Canada or some banana republic? We have enough problems without our elected officials acting like a bunch of kindergarteners.
So in a language our politicians may understand…
Steven – Give the other boys their money back, and stop acting like a bully.
Stephan – You received an “F” on your exam. It’s over – go home.
Gilles – You just like to disrupt the class. Go stand in the corner.
Jack – Poor little Jack, you just don’t play well with others. Either stand in the corner with Gilles, or go home with Stephan.
We the voters gave Steven Harper the bat. So we the Voters will decide if or when he strikes out…Not you. ~Ian – Lindsay
“Why not Gilles Duceppe as defence minister–this way, he can use the Canadian army to strong-arm his separatist ambitions.” ~Calgary Herald
‘He will have zero democratic legitimacy. He will never be able to use the words, “That’s the job the Canadian people elected me to do.” ~David Frum
Layton says he couldn’t think of anything better for Canada than to invite separatists into government. I can. Having a federalist party in power committed to a unified Canada would be a good start. It’s something Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin — one of the most outspoken critics of the separatist movement — has always understood. I wonder how he feels about his party signing a deal with the devil. This pact could be one of the most dangerous developments in Canadian history if it succeeds. It could have incalculable results.
~Tom Brodbeck [Winnipeg Sun]