A big “thank you” goes to Blogging Tories’ Stephen Taylor for reminding us about the great Liberal scams of the Jean Chrétien years in Ottawa. Given the feeding frenzy in the mainstream media over the practice of political parties taking credit for government actions, one might hope some investigative reporter might have done some research into the practice instead of simply providing a Liberal soapbox for the likes of Warren Kinsella.
Back in 2000, the National Post quoted then PM Chrétien as saying:
“Listen, we are the government … I don’t see why we can’t try to get credit for what we do. I hope we do so. There is nothing to be ashamed in that.”
Wow, Grits, your former leader said MPs should not be ashamed of trying to get the most partisan political benefit from disbursing federal grants. So what’s all the fuss about?
Of course, few if any Canadians would look to Jean Chrétien for advice on ethics or morality. He was wrong then just as the Tory MPs are wrong now for their recent practice of associating the Conservative party logo with public handouts.
But it’s the gall of the Liberal MPs that I find even more distasteful. These representatives of the very political party that was responsible for two of the most egregious assaults on the public purse: the Sponsorship Scandal and the Human Resources Development Canada boondoggle earlier this century. These weasels, who have been unable to connect with the Canadian public in any meaningful way, heap scorn on the governing party to take the spotlight away from their floundering, inept leader, sometimes-Canadian Michael Ignatieff.
Whenever Liberals slip up, TV shows like CTV’s Question Period and Power Play are all too quick to dig through achieves to find something equivalent that Tories have done. That’s how they condone Liberal misbehaviour.
But when Conservatives slip up, these programs invite the likes of Warren Kinsella to tell us what big bad boys and girls all Tories are. I guess that Warren Kinsella is a fair substitute to original thought and research over at CTV.
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