September 21, 2006

Hypocrisy, thy Name is Bob

If you scroll down so some of my earlier posts, I used to give Bob Rae props for recognizing Quebec as a nation and wanting to fix the “unilateral repatriation of the constitution”. Bob and Michael were on a close enough page here.

From what I heard from friends in Quebec City, Bob was shoulder to shoulder with Michael with his views on the Quebec nation. Then at the debate, Bob changed his tune. Suddenly it was too hard. Looks like John and Eddie (I assume we are on a first name basis with everyone on that campaign) commissioned a focus group in English Canada. Bob also needed something to distinguish himself from Ignatieff. To Bob’s credit, it worked. Depending what paper or poll you read, Uncle Bob is a co-frontrunner now.

So after the donation fiasco, I said it was time for some investigative journalism. I was looking for Quebec City quotes from the non-televised debate. Steve Janke beat me to the punch, and he got more. Oh how convenient

"I have made a personal effort for a long time to ensure the total participation of Quebec in the federation and the country, and it's what I will continue to do in all ways.''

Speaking in support of the federal Clarity Act, which imposed conditions on a future sovereignty referendum, he said he "preferred clarity to confusion, that's all.''

While he said in French that the unilateral repatriation of the Constitution without Quebec must be fixed, Rae added in English that Canada "isn't something broken that must be repaired.''

Below, this excerpt is from that non televised debate

In an all-candidates debate only five of the 11 contenders attended, Bob Rae, Stéphane Dion and Scott Brison said there is a need to recognize Quebec as a nation within Canada.

"I always supported the notion that Quebec...is a nation, it is a distinct society, which we need to recognize in our Constitution and I have fought for that," Mr. Rae said. "The genius behind federalism is that we can be both a Quebecker and a Canadian."

Then at the Citadelle in Quebec during the all-candidates debate

During the third all-candidates' debate yesterday, Bob Rae confronted his main rival, Michael Ignatieff, head-on, warning against promising to recognize Quebec as a nation in the Constitution if the party is not sure it will be able to do it.

Mr. Rae was responding to Mr. Ignatieff, who said the country will eventually need to recognize Quebec as a nation. Mr. Ignatieff insisted there is a need to give Quebeckers hope that one day they will be able to say, "Quebec is my nation, but Canada is my country."

"In my view, it is dangerous for the Liberal Party to promise people that we will change the Canadian Constitution because, my friends, we tried it and, I can tell you from experience, it is not easy to do: the negotiations are difficult and ratification is difficult," Mr. Rae told Liberal supporters during yesterday's debate.

So Bob has flip-flopped on the Quebec nation question. Bob will still do well in Quebec as he has a great team. However, the separatists will have a field day painting him as a hypocrite, for recognizing Quebec’s status but now refusing to enshrine it. If you think the French Press can’t completely destroy someone’s reputation, I suggest asking Stephane Dion, who with his “actual” views on Quebec should have swept the province. Dion also has an interesting choice to make. It is more and more likely that he will be kingmaker on the floor of the convention.

The Quebec academic will have to choose between two very stark alternatives. One will make him a hero. The other will make him a goat. Depending where you’re from, the outcome is interchangeable. I do not envy Mr. Dion.

7 Commentaires:

Blogger anna yanuk a dit...

Antonio Didomizio

You didn't even mention Dryden! You really hurt Shoshana Berman's feelings now! Whats your opinion on him (although I think I already know it)?

9/21/2006 11:29 a.m.  
Blogger Ed King a dit...

Speaking in support of the federal Clarity Act, which imposed conditions on a future sovereignty referendum...

The Clarity Act does no such thing. The act imposes conditions on the federal government's response to a referendum. The government of Quebec can ask any referendum question they want and there is nothing the federal goverment can do to stop them. The bill's preamble states:

"WHEREAS the government of any province of Canada is entitled to consult its population by referendum on any issue and is entitled to formulate the wording of its referendum question;"

I know, I know, I'm nitpicking, but it bugs the hell out of me when I hear separatists go on and on that the federal government dictates to the province how to run its referendums when that is not the intent of the act. You can imagine how I feel when federalists spread this misconception.

Here is the text of the Clarity Act.

9/21/2006 12:13 p.m.  
Blogger Concerned YL a dit...

Bob Rae is a running because he and his Chretien buddies want to hold on to power of the Party, not becuase it's good for the Party, or because Bob Rae can refresh the Party.

Does anyone think Bob Rae really was a Liberal or had any intention of being a Liberal until John Rae and Jean Chretien came to him with a bag of cash and said, "we can win this thing for you".??

It's confirmed by the fact that he gave money to the NDP in the election we just lost!

I dislike some Liberal candidates and I like some NDP candidates but I'd never give money to an NDP candidate. EVER!

9/21/2006 12:22 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

ed that was the reporter...not me

9/21/2006 3:21 p.m.  
Blogger Ed King a dit...

Sorry, it was hard to tell.

9/21/2006 5:03 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

yeah my bad

i was a little sloppy that time

9/21/2006 5:33 p.m.  
Blogger Manitoba Liberal a dit...

Or maybe Dion, Dryden and the other also rans will make the smart choice and not go with the divise choices in Igntaieff and Rae and instead go with the future of the Liberal Party and support Gerard Kennedy for leader.

9/21/2006 6:10 p.m.  

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