Musings —04.20.2010 08:41 AM—
I did CTV’s Power Play last night – the network provided no link, sorry, so you will have to imagine it – and faced off against the NDP’s affable Brad Lavigne. Like me, acting host Jane Taber was puzzled – bewildered, even – by the NDP’s decision to withdraw support for a Parliamentary probe into the Rahim Jaffer unregistered lobbying stuff. Among other things, Brad said he and NDP MP Pat Martin were concerned about the whole thing descending into a “circus,” quote unquote. Let the RCMP do its work, said he. Stories here and here and here and here.
How very odd. For a party that fires off letters to the RCMP, the ethics commissioner and other oversight bodies with the sort of regularity the rest of us reserve for brushing our teeth, I find this quite bizarre. So did Jane, and she said so. When I suggested that a dirty deal may be in the works – that the NDP flip-flopped on a Commons inquiry, in exchange for goodness-knows-what – Brad sputtered with indignation. Such effrontery!
Maybe. But the question remains: why has the NDP suddenly and inexplicably decided, for the first time ever, to “let the RCMP do its job”? I don’t recall them being similarly blasé during the sponsorship or income trust stuff. They were positively motivated, back then.
Anyway, that was then, this is now, I guess. We won’t know the truth until Senator Martin stands up to make his maiden speech in the Red Chamber.