Musings —06.11.2015 07:45 AM—
Between seeking commissions for fine art, getting thousands from the banks they cover, defending industries on-air that they’re paid by – okay, yes, I am still irritated by the avalanche of media scandals (cf. Solomon, Lang, Ghomeshi, Murphy, Mansbridge, Roberts, Crull et al.), so forgive me – some media have apparently peppered Angry Tom Mulcair with questions about how he would persuade Quebec to go along with his Senate gambit. That is, doing away with it.
Mulcair shouldn’t worry about what the Ottawa media think, and I suspect he doesn’t. His strategy is brilliant, in my opinion. It is perfect. Here’s why:
- It coincides perfectly with buckets of slime and grime oozing out of the Red Chamber about expense accounts – and, possibly, fraud, theft and breach of trust. Mulcair’s suggestion is in sync with the public’s mood.
- It is a perfect wedge: Mulcair can say it, but Messrs. Harper and Trudeau can’t. Mulcair has no Senators with which to be embarrassed. His opponents do.
- He would have many provinces onside – in fact, forces as diverse as the Ontario Liberal Party and the Saskatchewan Party are already in agreement. It is a perfect federal-provincial bridge-builder.
- If Mulcair succeeds in turning the 2015 election into a referendum on the issue, he could win. And if he does win, no Premier would dare oppose a clear expression of the national will. It is the perfect ballot question for the NDP.
Is it pandering? Of course. Is it cynical? Perhaps. Is it something Mulcair has no intention of ever doing, should he ever win power? Maybe.
But it is overdue, and it is right. And, I suspect, many Canadians would vote for the party that is offering to kill the Senate, once and for all.