Tories back down: Stephen Harper’s Conservatives will back away from their proposal to slash public funding for political parties and offer a hastily patched together stimulus package to give the opposition a face-saving way out of this messy nonsense.
The immediate crisis seems to have passed, but let there be no doubt: there are no angels here. The events of the last couple of days represent a major political miscalculation of the sort Canadians cannot afford at any time, but most particularly at this time in our history when the world faces its toughest economic challenge in over 75 years.
Because of this Tory miscalculation, Stéphane Dion and the opposition seems to have found some backbone. The genie is out of the bottle and won’t be put back in. The opposition now is prepared to sacrifice themselves rather than be slammed around and have their noses rubbed in the dirt. And there’s probably someone in the PMO who should be given a “pink slip” because of this.
Let’s hope the Ottawa boys and girls stop their silly games and get back to work.
Good grief! Have we forgotten the state of world affairs?