Wednesday, November 17, 2004

If we prove that they're wrong, they'll come 'round before long

Here's an idea. Rather than daintily tiptoeing around what Liberal Bush-basher Carolyn Parrish may or may not do during the official visit, perhaps the Whip (or even PM the PM himself) should, y'know, ask her. If she causes another embarrassing scene, whether telegraphed or not, expel her from the Caucus. Anything else shows a marked lack of seriousness on the part of the government in improving Canadian-American relations; if no one in the Natural Ruling Party (TM) can keep a handle on a single loudmouthed MP, how can we have confidence in their ability to accomplish anything? Granted, this assumes that the Liberals are actually capable of seeing that easing up on the old latent anti-Americanism is in everyone's best interests. I think that's probably a safe bet by now, however, no matter how enjoyable individual MPs might find it.


Blogger Michael McDonald said...

I think it's interesting how the inability to control a single loudmouthed MP wasn't a flaw back when Elsie Wayne was still sitting, or Cheryl Gallant was running. And they were, you know, horrible bigots, rather than just a childishly ignorant pig-faced nationalist.

11/18/2004 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger Paul Denton said...

The governing party is supposedly to be held to a higher standard, having the responsibility of cffice, and all. Excusable inconsistency is the boon of any opposition party.

Moreover, Cheryl Gallant did get more or less publically shunned by the party for the rest of the campaign after her most recent idiocies, which only points out that the Tories are far more ready nowadays to isolate themselves from their more embarrassing colleagues. Ditto whichever candidate it was - I've forgotten now - who was complaining about official bilingualism during the campaign; Harper dropped him from his critic post pretty quickly.

11/18/2004 09:04:00 AM  

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