Musings —05.19.2010 08:33 AM—
- Abortion: the Harper Reformatories’ machinations are getting people angrier – although I don’t share Hebert’s optimism on Harper getting stopped at the provincial level. R. v. Morgantaler was principally about barriers to therapeutic abortion that had been built at the provincial level.
- CBC: Going after a stand-up guy like Frank Graves – who has done work for the Conservatives, and has donated to the Conservatives – is Epic Stupid. I know the Reformatories feel they need to occasionally pander to the Anti-CBC Clown Posse that makes up part of their vote. But couldn’t they have come up with a better example?
- Liberals: I was at that Ignatieff dinner, and I had a wholly different impression. People there were delighted to hear from a federal leader who was prepared to defend the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, reproductive choice, Pride parades, and a few other things besides. When was the last time, in the past four years, you heard Stephen Harper even mention the Charter? He hasn’t – because he hates it, and he hates what it represents. Equality.
- Banks: It has been refreshing to hear Paul Martin (yes, I said that) speaking up about the banking system. It’s helpful, too: it helps remind people that Jean Chretien and Paul Martin resisted the bank-deregulation hysteria championed by the likes of Stephen Harper c. 1999 – thereby avoiding the sort of chaos that has battered the U.S. banking system ever since.
- Terror: This bombing in Ottawa – not far from where I used to live – was an actual act of terror. I am therefore amazed that it has not generated more headlines. (And don’t tell me we shouldn’t give these guys the publicity they crave – if the bank I use faces a probability of being blown up, I’m sort of interested in that as a customer and all that.)