Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Saturday, February 11, 2006


When Mr. Harper built his cabinet, he was faced with the difficult task of balancing representation, experience, and legitimacy. The latter has proven most difficult.

To ensure representation for Vancouver, and to secure the expertise of an eminently qualified Minister of International Trade, he drafted a man that ran under the Liberal banner two weeks previously.

To ensure representation in Montreal, he appointed an unelected senate member (albeit to a non-Montreal senate riding).

He's faced pretty steep criticism on both accounts. So let's give credit where credit is due. Given pretty shallow talent in Quebec/any Francophone community, and needing to appoint a representative for La Francophonie, Stevo found himself in a pickle. Does he draft talent from another party? Does he assign a francophone friend of his that has never faced the electorate? Does he build a robot with a french language chip installed? Or build a new franco Conservative out of the body parts of deceased ones?

Not Harper the democrat. Canadians wanted accountability, and that's what they'd have. Consequently, our Parlimentary Secretary for La Francophonie is an English Unilingual Albertan.

But he does plan on taking French lessons... so that's good.


Blogger Platty said...

You might want to check your facts before you make an attempt at being clever, might make you look not so clever:

8:54 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

So I guess the Mr. Menzies himself is equally unclever then eh? Considering he publically took the same interpretation of his role. This is either an indictment of both or a defense of neither.

10:05 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Yeah, in fairness at the time that I made the post Menzies was calling himself the secretary responsible for La Francophonie. Niether I, nor any news media outlet in the country, suspected that he himself would have no clue what his role in government was. But fear not, Platty, I won't give a Conservative caucus member that much credit again. This is a learning process for us all.

10:17 AM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

By the way, if our new friend has piqued your interest, he's the Tory blogger lampooned in the latest column of Charles Adler:

10:22 AM  

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