Apparently there are those in high office in Ottawa who have been so intent on poking a thumb in their opponent’s eye, they left themselves open to a sucker punch. In the very best Joe Clark tradition, we have once again underestimated our adversary, and Canada stands to be the big loser.
Now comes the frantic back-tracking, with rumours that prime Minister Stephen Harper might even prorogue parliament as a last-resort to delay a vote of non confidence—how desperate would that be?
According to CBC, “…on Saturday night, Irving Gerstein, chairman of the Conservative Fund Canada, sent out an urgent appeal for donations of $100 and $200.” Good luck with that fellows.
Even if this were to blow over and the PM retains power, I fear that many in the Tory party will never again see him as the brilliant political tactician we believed him to be.
In all our political scheming and plotting, have we forgotten that providing good, stable government for our country must be paramount? Can we not put aside the schoolboy tactics—like eavesdropping on telephone conversations—and concentrate on running the government? Grown men and women acting like smart Alec sophomores. Good grief!
And as to this business of not ever being able to resist—rise above—sticking it to the other guy, Tory “head office” is beginning to sound eerily like Richard Nikson’s White House.