December 20, 2005

Governing 101

Stephen Harper sure thought he came up with a zinger in the debate when he said that some our caucus members, (including my MP) voted against protecting a Charter Right. How does Paulie justify that?

Well Stevie, here is a lesson in governing. The government governs. The government is Cabinet. Those in Cabinet who did not want to protect the charter had to leave, plain and simple. We will not throw people out of our party who disagree with a policy, like the NDP did with Bev Desjarlais. But, if Martin appoints someone who voted against SSM to Cabinet, the JLC(Q) among others will rise up and challenge them.

Those who govern this country are held to a higher standard. They MUST protect the Charter.

Better luck next time Stevie. Give them credit; the last guy thought the Flintstones was a documentary.

4 Commentaires:

Blogger Chuckercanuck a dit...

The Charter includes the Not withstanding clause.

Yet, you are all adamently against its use.

If anyone is against the charter - its you.

12/22/2005 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Feisty a dit...

Well, they'll be out of cabinet until the heat is off. Then they'll be quietly reappointed in the summer . . .

12/22/2005 6:17 PM  
Blogger Mark a dit...

Actually - the NDP threw Desjarlais out because Layton didn;t have the stones to. Remember, her only "punishment" was being moved from the third row to the fourth row. After Layton spent nearly a year chastising the PM for not making the SSM vote a confidence motion, Layton blinked when faced with the same issue. Joe Comuzzi, on the other hand, had to leave cabinet.

Of course, it's hard to imagine how confidence motions wouold work anymore given the Broadbent/Layton proposal to ban floor crossings. Think about that. If you have a whippped vote, and and MP has to leave caucus, according Jack and Ed they would have to then run in an election before they'd be allowed to represent their constituents and their views on any parliamentary committee, etc. Hardly democratic n'est-ce pas?

12/22/2005 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Feisty is correct - Comuzzi has been reappointed to cabinet. Actually, Harper was right on the money.

12/27/2005 8:18 PM  

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