Just as the federal Conservatives seem to be opening a gap between themselves and Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals, another ministerial gaffe sends them into defence mode. Now I hear Conservatives on the Hill are threatening an election if the opposition keeps up its full court press against International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda. Hardly our finest moment as a party.
In the final analysis, Bev Oda may have made the “right decision,” but her handling of this file puts a strain on her credibility and has damaged her to the point her colleagues will begin to soften in their support.
This issue won’t quickly fade away. The Grits and Dippers smell blood in the water and will continue to try to force out this minister—doing so would be a coup for any opposition. PM Stephen Harper and his team can only hope they can survive the next few days with some semblance of their dignity and credibility intact and hope the media will drop the matter over the up-coming recess.
This pattern has become all too familiar: the Tories get into majority territory in the polls then promptly hand a proverbial baseball bat to the opposition and invite them to swing at will. A classic case of self-destructive behaviour and frustrating as hell for conservatives who support this otherwise well-intentioned government.