“John Robson for Senate: He knows where he lives”
“John Robson for Senate: Because he lives in his house”
A strange exchange between an unidentified reporter and federal Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews at a press conference yesterday. The minister jeered “Certainly you’re not surprised that there are members of the Communist Party or ex-members of the Communist Party inside the New Democratic Party?” When asked by an apparently naïve journalist “Is that a bad thing to you?” Toews said ”No, I’m just saying why would you be surprised? They’re New Democrats”.
Now it’s a bit troubling that a reporter would seem puzzled why communism might be regarded as bad; possibly she never heard of Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot. But what’s amazing is that Toews would say “No” and then accuse his opponents of it anyway, almost as though he buys the hard left view that communism is harmless but pinning the label on people is an effective partisan smear by right-wing hacks.
Both of you, smarten up. Of course communism is bad. It claimed far more victims than Naziism and launched far more wars.
How confused can politicians be about what they do for a living? Best not to ask, especially given Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak’s latest inspiration to force politicians to explain why they won’t show lack of confidence in a ministry they might have confidence in.
More harbingers for Canada from the British scene: the Ministry of Defence is trying to pry money out of the “ring-fenced” budgets for health and education to avoid disastrous cuts to their collapsing armed forces. In short, they’re busted financially and intellectually.
British ministries have jeopardized national security by gutting their army, navy and air force to protect social spending vital to winning elections (“ring-fenced” meaning voters get free money no matter what else collapses in the public sector) which they can’t afford no matter how irresponsibly they cut elsewhere. They’re still borrowing over £100 billion a year, or over $150 billion, and so of course interest payments are rising ominously. The whole structure of their government is unsound but voters don’t want to hear it and politicians don’t dare say it.
Oh, and here in Canada they’re cutting at least 10% from an already inadequate defence budget and promising to stop running deficits somewheeeeere over the rainbow…