Saturday, May 09, 2009

Beating the topic to death today...

More on the Lynch departure and incoming Wouters PCO tenure by In The House and Senate. Great post expanding on the political aspects of this decision and what it means. A few excerpts:
With the Conservatives down in the polls and Ignatieff showing himself more than capable of standing up to previous petty tactics employed by the CPC to raise themselves by lowering their opponent, they know they need more than nanny scandals - real or not - to boost their popularity enough to win the next election. Canadians are facing the realities of an economy in trouble, and when such problems come directly into people’s homes, scandals on the Hill, poor English skills, or how much time a leader spent in a foreign country mean little. The CONs have placed the economy in the front because they have to, and they need to deliver concrete results - or at least convince Canadians that they are producing results.
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We have a government fighting for it’s life, wanting to put through projects as quickly as possible purely to get re-elected and damn the other consequences. That means by-passing studies and recommendations related to safety, to environmental impact, to accountability, to non-partisan selection of service, to quality of service, to value for dollar. As long as the short term results come fast and appear good, the rest is not to be taken into account.
See? Great post, I'm tellin' ya, go read, all you non-hockey citizens...