Whooee! Well friends an' foes, the gal I adore, Earth Mother Lizzie May, an' the accidental leader of the Liberals done some bigass wheelin' an' dealin' that's got the pundidiots all hammerin' their keyboards t' beat the band. Some boogers think they're both crazy. Crazy like foxes, sez I.
I been leavin' a couplafew comments out in the boogeysphere an' I'll try t' roll 'em up inta this here boog story.
I reckon this wheelie-deal is fer the good of Canada. I been worryin' a little about how us Greenies might help Harpoon get a majority. I maybe ain't as worried about that possibility as Dion an' Lizzie. I don't see any party gettin' a majority so long as the rotten separatist BlocHeads stay strong like they are in Q-Beck.
Over t' John Murney's fine boog, I commented with somethin' like this --
I been in correspondence with a coupla NS voters an' they say there's considerable anti-MacKay sentiment.
Ultra-partisan polyticks-as-usual with it's kindergarten antics an' House o' Comments name-callin' is wearin' real thin on Canajuns lookin' fer real action an' not just stoopidity in Parliament.
This deal is a shocker mainly on accounta it's something Canajuns ain't seen much of -- co-operation fer the good of Canada.We've entered an era where we are likely to see nothin' but minority gummints fer quite a spell. If parties can demonstrate an ability to co-operate in the highly charged atmosphere of an election campaign, it bodes well for a co-operative and productive parliament.
One o' Murney's commenters sed - "Rule number 1 of any political campaign, don't give your enemy any ammo with which to use against you."
Enemy? Ammo? Is this democracy or war? In a recent speech in Brantford, ON, Lizzie May decried the use of military terminology in party politics and campaign rhetoric. The phrases "war room" and "war chest" were specifically singled out as offensive and unproductive.
The concept that one's fellow Parliamentary candidates are "enemies" upon whom "ammo" is to be discharged is exactly what's wrong with our current stalemated Parliament. Candidates running for Parliament are not enemies. They are concerned Canadians who want to serve their country. They deserve respect but the paleo-partisans cannot bring themselves to work for Canada above working for their party.
What the Cons and NDP need to accept is that the strength of the BQ means that we will have minority government for a long, long time. If we are to be freed from instability and a US-style continuous election campaign, Parliamentarians must learn to co-operate for the good of Canajuns. May and Dion are demonstratin' that such co-operation is possible.
When politicians put the long term good of the country above the short term good of the party, Canajuns win.