This past week had much to offer those of us who follow politicians, their triumphs and their shenanigans closely. We saw British Columbia’s single transferrable vote proposal defeated, another welcomed set-back for proportional representation. The Brian Mulroney-Karlheinz Schreiber affair, mercifully, seems one week closer to closure. The Conservative party got its mojo back, and went on the attack against some-time Canadian resident, Michael Ignatieff. And another Liberal MP, Ruby Dhalla, is twisting on the spit of public disdain over her family’s alleged mistreatment of their domestic staff.
The Globe and Mail’s Christie Blatchford, one of the best things that paper has going for itself, compared Brian Mulroney’s self-confessed “mistake” saying:
… a surgeon who gravely admits removing the wrong limb, defends his work as technically flawless but for that one thing, and expects to be congratulated by the patient for his skill.”
Ms. Blatchford does have a way with words—sort of says it all.
Why shouldn’t Michael Ignatieff be criticized for assuming he is qualified to be our prime minister after being out of the country for 34 years. For most of his adult years he contributed zero to Canada, now he feels he is uniquely qualified to lead us? He’s got some brass ones, that’s for sure.
So far, the Dhalla vs. nanny score is: nannies and their advocate, 4 —Ruby, her family and her lawyer, 0. Enough said … for now.
Happy Victoria Day everyone.