The Globe and Mail has a terrific column by Christie Blatchford this morning. The prize-winning columnist gives her particular view of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unpopular—in Liberal, socialist and Bloc Québécois circles—attempt to try to revoke the $1.95 per vote portion of public financing of political parties.
Blatchford asserts that the point of winning is for the winner to grab the spoils that are rightfully his. As she says:
If this was something Mr. Harper believed in doing, then why was doing it so wrong? Wasn't that why he wanted to win, to try stuff he wanted to try? And didn’t we all sort of understand that the guy who won the election probably would try to bring in his ideas?
Ms. Blatchford also reminds us:
The earliest stories about all of this rightly noted that although the opposition parties were saying the fuss was all about the Tories’ lack of a proper plan for the global financial situation, it wasn’t. The real reason was Mr. Harper’s threat to pull the public money rug from underneath Liberal, Bloc Québécois and NDP feet, and just as they were getting used to the nice soft feel of it, too.
Finally, she addresses the criticism the PM has received for not “appearing contrite and conciliatory” and not reaching out to his opponents during last week’s televised speech to the nation.
If it is not bizarre enough that a party devoted to dividing the country already participates in the federal Parliament and the federal life of the nation, now that party would also be propping up the NDP-Liberal government, and yet the man [Harper] who says only plainly that and nothing more is deemed to be inviting Quebec-bashing and disunity.
A clear thinker is Ms. Blatchford, and fair too. Her opinion pieces are illuminated by her common sense. She can always be counted to cut to the chase.