Monday, December 8, 2008

Dose of Blatchford common sense

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:

quote-left-red-beige-bgIf 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?quote-right-red-beige-bg

Ms. Blatchford also reminds us:

quote-left-red-beige-bgThe 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.quote-right-red-beige-bg

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.

quote-left-red-grey-bgAs frail as the Canadian federation may be, it is not so frail as to tremble in the face of a couple of simple declarative sentences, and if it is, then it needs a good kick in the ass.quote-right-red-grey-bg

– Christie Blatchford

quote-left-red-beige-bgIf 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.quote-right-red-beige-bg

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.



  1. I thought it was about cutting costs, not grabbing spoils. WTF?

    Now we hear that the CPC had MANY other areas that could have been cut, that were running at 5X the cost of the election financing subsidies (PER YEAR), and that were over and above what the previous Liberal government spent.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Harper.

  2. God bless Christie Blachford and her common sense I am so tired of "scary Harper" "hidden agenda" If only Harper haden't etc....this blatent, traitorus power grab was trying to steal my vote period, it was also have given a party dedicated to the breakup of Canada de-facto power over the whole country. This backroom coalition is exactly how Adolph Hitler and his thugs grabbed power in Germany in the early thirtys, google Adolph Hitler and Coalition and read up on it, if that does not make you very concerned for your freedom and the future of this country, and why we must get involved, you are part of the cabal of the three stooges. Germany did not wake up until it was too late.
    cheers Bubba

  3. Anon/Bubba,

    I totally reject any comparison of Hitler to anyone involved in our current crisis. He is among the most horrid characters in history, having been responsible for the murder of millions of innocent people. Such comparisons are odious—please don’t post them on my blog.

    Russ Campbell

  4. Bravo Christie Blatchford!
    She has put my thoughts in writing... why does Harper "owe" it to the opposition to be nice to them? I voted for a strong leader, not one who everybody likes and gets along with. I saw nothing wrong with his proposal to cut the public party funding (that Chretien instituted without a vote in the first place!). And if you want conciliatory, he removed it when the opposition protested - it was not forced down their throats... who said he doesn't listen? I really hope he comes out of all this with a majority in the next election, and can get on with really running the country.