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BTC: Apology for the benefit of the apologist


 

Back, for a moment, to the Prime Minister’s speech in Mississauga (which, one imagines, will closely resemble his speech tonight in Kitchener). Here is his take on the day of apology in Ottawa.

“We’ve sought to acknowledge and to reconcile historic grievances, like, for example, what we did in June with the apology on the tragedy of Indian residential schools. And you know, friends, as tough as that was for the country, did it not feel good to have our aboriginal leaders tell Canadians in the House of Commons how proud they are to be Canadian?”

Now surely, the Prime Minister does not mean to suggest that the point of that day was to coerce a pledge of allegiance from native leaders, that the whole show was as much about absolving white guilt as it was about reconciliation and healing with and within the aboriginal community. But that is how a cynic might hear those lines.

That was immediately followed by this.  

“So friends, I believe that this is our great talent as a party. The other party has taken grievances and divisions and has built them into voting blocks. But we as Conservatives have taken them and built them into a country.”

It’s perhaps interesting to note how often the Prime Minister invites cynicism of politics and politicians. At one point last night he referred to the Conservative party “going down to Ottawa” (Ottawa being decidedly north of Mississauga). Despite the fact he very much defines Ottawa politics right now, he still strives for this idea of he and his followers as interlopers, storming the palace gates, speaking truth to power and so forth. It’s obviously a bit ridiculous. But it’s not without its merits. Indeed, this passage here—the offsetting of the Liberals building voting blocks and the Conservatives building a country—might have been his best stuff all night.

(Though the loudest ovation, take note, was reserved for his pledge to fight crime.)


 
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BTC: Apology for the benefit of the apologist

  1. Did he mention Pierre Poilièvre?

  2. “So friends, I believe that this is our great talent as a party. The other party has taken grievances and divisions and has built them into voting blocks. But we as Conservatives have taken them and built them into a country.”

    From the globe awhile ago:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071016.wtarget16/BNStory/National/home

    “SELECT ethnic and religious groups across Canada are being targeted by a previously unknown Conservative team that is bluntly gunning for votes in a bid to supplant the Liberals in multicultural ridings in the next election.”

    later on:
    “The documents add that 29 per cent of the riding is made up of visible minorities, while explaining that the Conservatives have determined that only 79 per cent of ethnic minorities are viewed as “accessible communities” for them.”

    and
    “The Conservative Party is also calling on MPs to focus on specific groups”

    The Conservative Party of Canada: Supporting multiculturalism as long as you are a member of a “select” group and will vote Tory.

  3. Canadians expect high integrity, honesty, trust and accountability at all times, from their Prime Minister. Harper lacks these qualities.

    Leadership requires the ability to compellingly persuade and encourage others to a course of action in a believable manner. Harper lacks this quality.

    In less than the 3 short years, Harper alone (setting aside the misdeeds of his wrecking crew, for the moment) has accrued excessive negative baggage.

    Take a good look Canada, as Harper continues to press forward into the fog of his own creation.

  4. Will and DMAN,,It is idiot Liberals like you who keep spreading these digusting lies about the Conservatives.For once in your GD miserable lives think of your country.Your hatred should be channeled and maybe you should be sent to Aphganistan to cool off.The corruption of the Liberal party is well documented and their theft of millions of taxpayers money is documented.Their scandals are documented everywhere.WHY??????do you stll vote for them.????If you dont like the conservatives for gods sake dont vote,but quit supporting corruption.

  5. Ottawa is very nearly in Lower Canada, isn’t it? So it would be correct to go down to there from south of Toronto. ;-)

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