Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Mark Steyn Gets It Right - Again

A Constitutional Coup

When Cole Porter married Linda Lee Thomas, Walter Winchell wrote it up under the headline: "Boy With One Million Weds Girl With Two Million." Add a few zeroes and that pretty much sums up Canadian politics' latest whirlwind romance. The pictures on the front pages today capture the reality of our country: a “Liberal” billionaire and a “Conservative” billionaire beaming as they announce their deal to carry on wasting the money of Canadians who earn $30,000 a year - all in the interests of “national unity”. For, as Belinda Stronach said (and with a straight face!), “I feel that the interests of individuals or parties are being placed above the national interest. The country must come first.”

And for the country to come first the Liberal Party must come first, now and always. And happily the interest of this particular party coincides with the interest of this particular individual – and all in the national interest! After all, when you’re a government accused of widespread fraud, bribery and corruption, the easiest way to get off the hook is to offer someone a cabinet post in exchange for a little cooperation. Miss Stronach, the former future Mrs Peter MacKay, seemed unlikely to settle for life as the Ottawa version of the old Hollywood joke about the starlet so dumb she slept with the writer. She’s stopped sleeping with the writer and traded up to the studio chief, and a new gig as Minister for Human Resources and Skills Development. Who knew that’s all it would take? To quote Sir Thomas More from Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons : “Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?” - Steyn Online


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