Musings —09.01.2016 08:05 AM—
This and that:
- The TOR are everything: As Neil correctly notes, the commission investigating missing and murdered women – a commission I always opposed, because I think the findings will be used to maintain division, not end it – must be mandated in its terms of reference to probe the role of the police. It’ll be like Paul Martin excluding polling from the TOR of Gomery (which he did): it’ll be a farce.
- Um, Erin Who? He may be a very nice and very capable person, this O’Toole fellow, but it’s unlikely any of us could pick him out of a one-man police lineup. If the Conservatives don’t pick someone who is fresh and well-known – someone to address Trudeau’s key strengths, as Raitt, Rempel and MacKay do – they’re screwed for a decade or more.
- Flip-flops 101: The Star is making a big deal out of this sex Ed thing because the last poll they commissioned showed the Ontario PCs up about 20 points on he Ontario Grits. That said, it’s a legitimate story, and it relates to the existential question, per Pete Townshend, at the centre of politics: who are you? If you have lots of priorities, you don’t have one priority. Brown could have said: “We believe in sexual education curriculum. We don’t believe in Kathleen Wynne’s sexual education curriculum.” Or: “Involving parents in their own kids’ education – whether it’s sex ed or some other part of the curriculum – isn’t right wing. It’s the right thing to do.” He didn’t.
- And, speaking of having two positions on one issue... We give you Donald Trump. Yesterday, he was all pro-Mexico in Mexico. Back Stateside later on, in Arizona, he said the exact opposite, and demonized Latino/Hispanic Americans. Is he the scum of the Earth? But he’ll get away with it if Demicrats don’t highlight the contradiction – which some have started to do.