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May 17th, 2006 (09:35 am)

"Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks." -- Jimmy Wales, Keynote Speech, SXSW 2006 

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I'm trying to be objective, really I am. In a sense it's working; there's plenty of things in the Conservative agenda I agree with. One of them was the commission to oversee appointments, which (like the idea of publicly interviewing Supreme Court Justices) I thought could work well.

Then this happens...  "MPs grill, reject PM's pick for federal watchdog: Harper won't put forward new name without a majority"

Now, considering the fact that one of the appointments Mr. Morgan would be overseeing would be Immigration and Refugee Board "judges", the dodginess of his comments vis-a-vis immigrants is a legitimate concern, whether or not he is in fact racist or xenophobic. Public officials must possess not just actual objectivity, but also the outward appearance of it...isn't that half the reason for reforming the appointment procedures?

I have my concerns with Harper, but the downright petulance he has displayed in this matter is a new side of him we haven't seen before. Is this a tactic he'll continue to use, refusing to work within the confines of a minority Parliament, threatening Canada with a stalled government unless they accede to his demands for a majority?

Any Prime Minister trying "work-to-rule" is disgusting, but I find it especially disappointing from a man and a party who claim to represent rational pragmatism and small government. If we're lucky, this is an isolated incident, but we are in so much trouble if this becomes a pattern.

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 19th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)

Your only concern is the (maybe racist) comments? What about the fact that he is a major fundraiser/donor to the Conservative party? Not quite the man to head up a non-partisan oversight committee.

Posted by: sarahkeebs (sarahkeebs)
Posted at: May 27th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)

Perhaps...but then, I know enough about politics to know that that's the way it goes. I could hardly support the Grits (or any party, for that matter) if I didn't accept the inevitability that financial support would lead to nomination, if not appointment, to high positions. But there's nepotism, and then there's stupidity, right?

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