July 16, 2010

April 22, 2010

Kudos on the gun registry

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but still very happy to see this step in a progressive direction from our leader.

I can be as critical as the next guy, but at first blush I'm very pleased by this news.


April 16, 2010

Why haven’t anti-choice Liberal MPs been punished?

I’m still upset with Michael Ignatieff over the whole abortion vote fiasco in the House a few weeks ago. Why? He promised that those who defied the party line would be dealt with.

What’s happened to those anti-choice Liberals that helped the Tories defeat our motion that day? Paul Szabo is still Chair of the Ethics Committee – that’s an extra $10,000 a year in salary he gets. And Dan McTeague is still a full Liberal Party critic.

So Michael promises our core that he will deal with these rebels, yet nothing happens.

I tell you this...Bob Rae wouldn’t have had this happen in the first place.

April 7, 2010

Jack Layton all too silent on HST

I don’t often post about provincial politics but this caught my eye.

Our Liberal Premiers in Ontario and BC have taken a lot of flak for their decisions on the HST, most vocally by provincial NDP parties and from Jack Layton in Ottawa.

That’s why I find it a little rich now that an NDP government in Nova Scotia is proposing to raise their HST to the highest in the land, and we hear nothing but crickets chirping from Jack Layton.

That’s so typical of the NDP – do as I say, not as I do.

January 12, 2010

Can we please stop defending the oil sands?

Why is our leader out defending the oil sands again, really?

Moreover, Mr. Ignatieff said that oil sands exploitation in Alberta is not the only cause of climate change.

Can we at least maintain some progressive credentials, or are we going to cede all that ground to the NDP now? What the heck is our position anyways?

At least with Dion people knew where we stood.

January 4, 2010

Far and Wells

I don't want to wade too deep into this little brou-ha-ha that erupted over the weekend, except to say that I think both Paul Wells and Steve V have a point here.

I think it would be hard to say with a straight face that what's coming out of the OLO these days hasn't left most of us out here in the grassroots a little perturbed. I think it would also be hard to say with a straight face that dozens of comments on Steve V's site and Wells' blog regarding this dust-up, on a Sunday afternoon during the holidays no less, is nothing to sneeze at either.

What has failed to be mentioned so far is that the OLO is just in the process of emerging from a full-scale revamp. And our new chief, Peter Donollo, has been away from politics for a couple of years now too.

We can't expect a 10% turnaround in the polls to happen overnight. And we can't expect that a revolt on the OLO will fix anything either.