Saturday, March 21, 2009

Goings on in Quebec this weekend

Michael Ignatieff in Quebec for the second weekend in a row. Addressing "les militants" as they wonderfully say in Quebec, again.

Also noted in Quebec political goings on, Bob Fife with the very important stuff:
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney got a surprise phone call from a major party leader on his 70th birthday Friday.

It wasn't Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper but Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Ignatieff called to wish Happy Birthday to Mulroney and to talk a little politics.

Ignatieff is making a major push in Quebec and his kindness to Mulroney will do him no harm in a province where the former PM is still popular.
Not surprisingly, Ignatieff's call is already being pilloried as a precursor of a "right-wing and scandal-ridden" government in waiting as a result. That's quite the fast reaction and vigorous projection.

Mr. Mulroney's on the eve of the Oliphant Commission's work, there's no getting around that. All opposition parties in the House of Commons supported a broad inquiry in the Mulroney-Schreiber matter:
A broad-based, full-fledged public inquiry should be launched into the past business relationship between former prime minister Brian Mulroney and German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, the Commons ethics committee has recommended.
There was dissent within the committee over how wide the probe's mandate should be. Liberal, Bloc Quebecois and NDP members say it should be as broad as possible, while the Conservatives want a greater focus on setting ethical guidelines for the future.
Possibly a much better indication of party orientations on ethical matters and future governing standards than Bob Fife reported phone calls.