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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Duplicity reigns in Ottawa

Duplicity seems to be the order of the day in Ottawa where the whole point seems to have little to do with what’s best for Canada—or even a political movement—and far more to do with what best suits caucus members. On the Hill, MPs make deals as easily with those who hope to break up the country as with a like-minded member.

The enemy of one’s enemy becomes a friend, at least, while it suits a particular situation. Ethics, morality, doing the right thing are silly nonsense meaningful only to the rest of us lesser mortals.

Clinging to power so one can rule by doing the opposite to one’s political philosophy so one can cling to power is the smart thing to do. Get on your high horse, take the moral high ground when it suits, but never when it may hurt one’s political career of strategy.

Sell your integrity down the river so you can curry favour with Quebec voters by pretending you really don’t agree with Maclean’s argument that Quebec is Canada’s most corrupt region. (I’ve lived in both Quebec and Ontario, Maclean’s has a valid point.) And while you’re at it, pander for Quebec voters by using phrases like “Quebec nation”—as distinct from “Québécois nation”—in a formal, unanimously approved motion of the House of Commons and hope the rest of us won’t notice.

Expediency, compromise, doing the possible are all platitudes and euphemisms behind which to hide as principles are traded away like fish at the local farmer’s market.

Use phrases like: if you don’t like what we’re doing, just think what the other guys will do if they had the power. Which can be translated as: screw you, who else can you vote for.

When political lobbyists outnumber several times over the entire membership of the  House of Commons you know we ordinary folk are in trouble. And when they typically get monthly retainers of $3,000 to $10,000, or hourly rates of $150 to $500 you know they are getting something in return for their clients and screw the rest of us.

In the United States, the disaffected are finding a political outlet that boils down to dumping incumbents. Perhaps that’s the only way we’ll rid Ottawa of the rot that’s set in the plush offices, huge salaries and perquisites, not to mention unconsciously generous pensions with insanely short qualification periods.

© 2010 Russell G. Campbell
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