Monday, February 06, 2006
Hell is slowly freezing over
Yes, today is a confirmation that a nightmare is starting. But not a nightmare in a sleep like state. A nightmare existing in plain reality. Stephen Harper officially got sworn in as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister earlier this day. Excuse me while I vomit. This is a double edged sword, as I wore the number 22 in hockey.
After the official ceremonies appointing the new government, broadcast live (and repeated throughout the day ad naseum) on CPAC, there was a veritable plethora of press interviews with various newly appointed cabinet ministers. Amongst the ones that sparked my interest were:
1. Gordon O'Connor, Minister of Defence. The first question asked of him by the press was regarding his past as a lobbyist, and how it related to part of the Conservative platform in the election campaign not to give into lobby groups, thus creating government accountability by staying true to issues and concerns for the whole. Well, Gordon failed miserably in his first grilling by the press. When the heat of questions rose, and believe me, it was quick, Gordon's trump card was saying "why don't you just read my records?" In the words of Michael Kelso... BURN!!!! God Gordon, you just can't hide your back doors in the military contracting industry, can you?
2. David Emerson, Minister of international trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. The winning candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway, who in the most recent election ran for the Liberals. Yes, David Emerson can now officially be compared to an American
3. Last but not least, the face smashed in by a bag of spanners, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister. Even the recently cool and collected Mr. Harper was rather flustered amongst the barrage of questions, challenging his stance of accountability in the context of his apparent failure to meet certain campaign promises. In a weakened state, it seems that disallowing same sex marriage will hit his agenda fairly early, dropping the GST from 7 to 6%, as well as instituting their new child care program, paying parents $1200 per year per child under the age of six. Wow, abolishing a child care system for an automatic payout. This one is a cheap shot at the lowest common denominator.
Think about it. Without child care, many parents will now have to stay at home with their children. In essence, let's say a parent making $20,000 per year before their blessing came along. Now they essentially have to take a pay cut of $18,800 under Mr. Harper's new plan. What a nice guy you have voted into power Canada. Kudos.
What wonderful accountability to Canadians. Excuse me while I vomit. Again. As for this whole Conservative Cabinet, I hereby award them
As for me, I just hope the Conservatives raise the same sex issue early. They still need a vote to get it past. Layton and the NDP will not bend in favour of the Conservatives under issues of civil or equality rights, the Liberals who brought legislation approving same sex marriages will definitely not vote in favour. Ahh, what a short lived minority government this may be.
That is all.
neolithic pondered at 23:34
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