Thursday, March 05, 2009

Great moments in Prime Ministerial eloquence

A lot of feistiness on tap today writes Tonda MacCharles about the back and forth in the House of Commons. Just wanted to highlight the expression used by the top dog who sets the tone:
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff pressed Prime Minister Stephen Harper to accelerate the spending of the billions of dollars already approved in last year's budget for infrastructure spending. But before they approve billions more, the Liberals want greater accountability for such projects, Ignatieff said.

Harper accused his rival of stalling on the budget and engaging in the "the biggest exercise of suck and blow I have ever seen in Canadian history."

"He really has to make up his mind whether he is going to help us pass it (the budget) quicker or try to block it," the prime minister said.

French reporters later quizzed English reporters on what "suck and blow" means.
Yes, please explain exactly what the phrase "suck and blow" means to the French reporters, Mr. Harper. Would have loved to hear what the English reporters told them. Macleans confirms the use of it too, albeit prefaced by Harper saying, "I hate to use this expression but...," which seems to make it much more acceptable.

It gives the impression that there's not much left in the Harper tank, reflecting a little exasperation in having to actually engage in debate with the opposition and work out a resolution over this $3 billion unaccountable fund Conservatives are seeking. And maybe I'm a little too demanding in terms of the standards I'd like to have a PM uphold, but the suck and blow remark is on par with his comments in the fall about how Dion's proposals would "screw everybody." It's embarrassing.