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If it is broke, fix it


 

Glen Pearson makes the case for Michael Ignatieff’s decision.

Governments are not supposed to dismantle the very system meant to keep it accountable, but this has been going on for three years and Mr. Ignatieff has concluded it’s time to end it.  The polls aren’t in his favor and the Conservatives will attempt to embarrass him at every opportunity, but the reality is that he took his stand. You may agree or not, but he took it, putting an end to two years of wavering as the public service crumbled.

Stephen Harper could avoid an election by just becoming accountable, but his partisan tactics fly in the face of such urgings.  A stand was taken at Sudbury, not just for the Liberals but for the health system, the pension system, the passport system, and the economic accountability system within Parliament.  You might or might not be a member of any political party, but Parliament is yours and somebody has finally opted to preserve its integrity. Like it or not, it’s done and its time for Parliament, not politics, to reassume the primary place.


 

If it is broke, fix it

    • Didn't you know? The absence of a Liberal majority government is prima facie evidence our entire political system is broken.

      • A crumbling civil service is one with CPC appointments. Strange how some assume that political stripe somehow determines competency.

  1. Huh! – "Like it or not, it's done and its time for Parliament, not politics, to reassume the primary place."

    I think one can take Parliament out of politics, but not politics out of Parliament.

  2. "for the health system, the pension system, the passport system, and the economic accountability system within Parliament."

    I am curious to know which Con policies "dismantle the very system meant to keep it accountable" but were not supported by Libs.

    I really don't know how pols can write this kind of nonsense and keep a straight face. Is there a finishing school for new pols that we don't know about that teaches the dark arts of politics.

    • Well, we could start with their ignoring the important accountability measures put into Access to Information Act.

      We could then move on to the $3 billion "stimulus" slush fund that is finding its way into Tory ridings that the Tories insisted be passed without the usual accountability protections.

      And then we could talk about their ignoring of court decision after court decision on the requirement to protect Canadians abroad.

      But that would just be a start.

      • I seem to remember Ol' Cretien building a Canoe museum in his riding. Pork is dolled out by any party in power, otherwise why would they spend money on getting power in the first place. How naive…

        • It's time to stop accepting it. It's still wrong.

  3. I know your politics are very different from Pearson… but not to recognize a person of integrity when confronted with one means that your cynicism has stopped protecting you and is now crippling your ability to think.

  4. Glen reminds me of an old distraught Dipper yearning for what might have been if only:

    a) Rosa Luxemburg became Chancellor of Germany

    b) the Republicans had won the Spanish Civil War

    c) Jimmy Carter hadn't been such a sweaer-wearing dolt

    d) Tommy "Oh Tommy" Douglas wasn't so damn concerned about balancing the budget whejn he was premier

    In other words Glen is going to be really surprised if he ever manages to find himself in a government caucus.

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