"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Quid Pro Quo

 Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Color of Betrayal": 

A new Ipsos Reid Poll shows more than half of Canadians are following the Senate Turmoil closely.
They have got that one right.
Senator Duffy's statement is incredible.

Senator Duffy has been sending out signals for months.

What didn't we already know about Stephen Harper. We knew he  pushed  aside Preston Manning  founder of the Reform Party before swallowing the venerable Conservative Party of Canada holus -bollus  and alienated well respected Joe Clarke and other moderates like him.

We  learned of  his proclivity  to rage when Belinda Stronach  our M.P. was a member of his Party.

Another M.P. was expelled from caucus for daring to express an opinion different from the party.

No doubt if Belinda hadn't crossed the floor she might  well have found herself expelled  as well.

A person would  have to be several degrees short of sensible not to catch Duffy's drift when he was reported to have said  he ought  to be sending invoices to "the party " for services  rendered on the campaign trail.

Senator Wallin made the same point when she spoke of speaking engagements she travelled to by invitation and on behalf of the government  (read party)

Both Senators  had a value to the  Harper Party well above and beyond  service  to the country in the Senate.

How convenient to have two such  heavyweights on the payroll , ready to  take flight wherever
and whenever  to  carry the party 's message with all expenses paid from the Senate  Budget.

No doubt they did everything required  of them, secure in the knowledge  that everyone who was anyone  knew precisely what the deal was and  no questions would ever be asked about how they used the  expense allowance.

Alas, they knew naught of politics. None of them.

Harper's careless alienation of all and sundry, including the people he used to get  to and stay where he is, was bound to come back and bite him.

He is cold and bloodless. Doesn't have emotions. Doesn't understand them when he sees them.

Like Michael  Ignatieff's recent confession that not until the night before the election did he realise
it was not about him. It was about the people.

The people who came out on old,wet and windy nights  to meetings in Legions and village halls to get a feel about what he was about. Could they trust him? Was he one of them?

Thomas Mulchair knows it. He keeps hammering away and smiling.

 Knowing the fish is caught,reeled in  and floundering on the rock.

There is no escape. The more he struggles the  deeper the hook embeds itself.

It will not be a pretty sight. The longer he hangs on the hook.the greater the humiliation.

Harper has to go.

Conservative Senators will have to decide if they want to go down with him. Or support the rule of law.

Wallin and  Duffy will get to fight another day.

We will have a general election.


Anonymous said...

They added to their misery today.
Legal expenses were paid for Senator Duffy which Mr harpers says is very common.
Legal expenses were not even offered to the other 2.
Big Problem.

Anonymous said...

You're giving Margaret Wente and Maureen Dowd a run.

Anonymous said...

You're giving Margaret Wente and Maureen Dowd a run.

Anonymous said...

The Auroran is up

Anonymous said...

Nothing from Lois in Newmarket. Isn't she a parliamentary secretary ? Maybe she is too busy right now.