Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Out with the Old, In with the same old crap

So Stephen Harper appointed his cabinet this week, after running a succesful campaign which was based and won on the premise that there would be no kickbacks, patronage, no scandals and there would be only honesty and fair play.

With week one halfway done I would like to point out the appointment of Michael Fortier to the position of Public Works Minister. I would also like to add that Mr. Fortier has never had any political experience; he has never run for office, his name has never been on a ballot. In fact Mr Fortier was Harper’s campaign co-chairman during the recent election.

And how is he getting the position you ask? With a political appointment to a seat in the Senate. Fortier claims he will run in the next general election.

Nice to see that the “New” Conservative Party stand against patronage and back-scratching almost lasted a full week.

Hey don’t get me wrong I don’t think the Liberals were angels either, but at least you knew what you were getting. Patronage is an established Liberal trait.

Well at least we know that we will be able to get rid of him soon in the first non-confidence vote. Of course that will be another 200+ million out of our taxpayers wallet.


At 3:11 AM, Blogger Yoda's Papa said...

I'm sorry I just can't buy the "at least we knew what we were getting" argument. According to a poll taken right after the last presidential election in the US, 40% of people who voted for George Bush did not actually believe in what he stood for. Instead they voted for him because they understood his arguments although they did not agree with him. The "at least we knew what we were getting" argument won him the election.

Let's face it, Chretien is an illiterate criminal. I agree Harper has yet to make good on any promise - but at least we know what we are not getting!

At 5:41 AM, Blogger Garrad said...

Yeah except that Chretien was not leader of the liberal party any more.

And let us not forget what Harper was before he became leader of the PC party. Leader of the Reform party, President of National Citizens Coalition, he was opposed to french language rights, immigration policies, federal healthcare....

But enough of that... my comment was more to the fact that he based his entire campaign on anti-liberal patronage... and then one of his first political decisions is an act of patronage.


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