The Liberal war room warrior Conservatives love to hate, Warren Kinsella, made some cogent comments in his Toronto Sun column regarding the shameless bit of small-mindedness engaged in by the newly-anointed Parti Québécois Premier Pauline Marois.
Kinsella points out how few members of federal parliament voiced more than tepid disapproval of the Parti Québécois’ recent decision to remove the Maple Leaf flag from official signing-in ceremonies of Quebec’s cabinet.
He’s pretty hard on PM Steven Harper and his Conservatives, of course, he always is. I’m reading his new book, Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse(Random House Canada, $22.95, Oct 2, 2012), so I’m becoming accustomed to over-the-top criticism of all things conservative and Conservative, and soft peddling when it comes to criticizing anything Liberal. (More on this book in a future post.)
In this case Liberal leader Bob Rae emerges unscathed, except by extension. For, unless I missed it, Rae has not said much about the Parti Québécois-flag incident and is not quoted in Kinsella’s column.
But I quibble. The main thrust of Kinsella’s piece is spot-on. The Parti Québécois is dishonouring our Maple Leaf flag while acting like, in Kinsella’s words, “small-minded xenophobes.” And the response from Ottawa are offerings of toady words or the taking of a hands-off approach.
Shame on them.