Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Another Disappointment

This agreement between the Liberals and the NDP is as disappointing as it comes. Granted I am all for more money for foreign aid, education and housing. What I do not like is the fact that the Liberals folded like a deck of cards to survive a little longer. Jack Layton made a great political move but for Paul Martin showed once again that he does not standup for what he believes in.

The NDP, Tories and Bloc all had there chance to plead there case for what they wanted in the budget in private consultations with Ralph Goodale while it was being written. The fact that Liberals did not include all the things that NDP wanted is an issue to some but the Liberals made their choice. The fact now that they decided to embarrass themselves by reopening the budget after over 2 months shows why I am disappointed with this government.

I was not a huge admirer of Chrétien, but one thing he always did was stick to his guns and fight battles head on. I was one who waited for Paul Martin, waited for this deficit slayer and his centrist fiscal policies to finally take over. Paul Martin showed the type of attitude that we all wanted when the sponsorship scandal broke, he fought it head on, called the inquiry and put in place a number of new accountability measures but moves such as this explain so well why they call him “Mr. Dithers”. You can’t blame the NDP, and you can’t argue with what was added but you can be disappointed in your government today.


  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger calgarygrit said…

    I think this all comes from Martin's inherent desire to be all things to all people.

    That said, it's hard to fault him for making a deal with the NDP - in minority governments you need to compromise and make deals. Just look at poor old Joe Clark.


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