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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Interesting times for political pundits

For those of us who follow Ontario and federal politics closely, the times they are getting interesting. With a date certain for the Ontario general election this fall and a strong possibility that we’ll have a spring federal election, my level of excitement is on the increase. Today I heard some “educated” speculation of Ottawa origin regarding a May 9th vote—makes sense to me.

I notice that the federal Liberals are themselves quite capable of self-inflicted foot wounds: Justin Trudeau takes careful aim at Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, but, instead, shoots himself in the foot. When will the Grits learn not to send a boy to duel with grown men?

Mr. Trudeau needs to learn that one actually should consider one’s words carefully before uttering them. He should be ashamed of himself. Perhaps worse than his silly, misguided remarks about being “uncomfortable” with the Conservative description of so-called honour killings as “barbaric,” Mr. Trudeau has given comfort to that small minority of Canadians who believe killing their daughters can actually have something to do with honour. As is being asked by Tory party officials, how indeed would this neophyte of a politician describe honour killings? Well he never really said at the time, did he?

Now he’s apologized, managing to assign blame to the Tories as he did so:

“Perhaps I got tangled in semantic weeds in my comments, particularly in view of the Conservatives’ cynicism on these issues. I want to make clear that I think the acts described are heinous, barbaric acts that are totally unacceptable in our society.”

“Tangled in semantic weeds” indeed—more like, it seems to me, a serious case of hoof firmly planted in mouth. So now he says such acts are barbaric. This silly boy isn’t really ready for primetime.

 

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  1. Iggy says that Trudeau has apologized so this little bump in the road is closed.
    I doubt very much that we'll be hearing anymore about it.
    When Iggy speaks the media listen and obey.
    NeilD

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