Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Leader of Her Majesty's ?Loyal? Opposition.

Loyalty to the Sovereign means loyalty to Canada. On paper the dippers are a federalist party. Jack, thinks of himself as the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. His interim replacement is a member of a hardline , radical provincial separatist party, Quebec Solidaire. Quebec Solidaire's lone mna is someone who marches against a Montreal business that sells a few shoes made in Israel. My friend Eric Duhaime has valiantly marched against khadir and his boycott for months. Indeed virtually every provincial and federal politician in Quebec has denounced this boycott by khadir. amir khadir represents the hard left. It's bad enough that turmel was a member of the bloc for 5 years until a month before she decided to run for the dippers. It is increasingly difficult to take this interim leader seriously. Without Jack, is this really the best they can do? These are the people who are HM's government in waiting?

MONTREAL - Even though there seems no reason not to believe New Democratic Party interim leader Nycole Turmel when she says she was never a separatist, Turmel needs to explain to Canadians why she was a member of the separatist Bloc Québécois for more than four years, and remains a member of the sovereignist Québec solidaire.

Voters will want to know – from her, in her own words – her views on the place of Quebec within Canada and whether she is prepared to fight for federalism.


In replacing NDP leader Jack Layton as he battles a recurrence of cancer, Turmel has taken on a position of key importance in Parliament. She is the leader of the official Opposition and in that role is expected to lead opposition debate on the government’s proposed legislation and public policy. If she and her party fail in that regard, they fail the Canadian people and the parliamentary system.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Bubba

been around the block said...

MONTREAL - Even though there seems no reason not to believe New Democratic Party interim leader Nycole Turmel when she says she was never a separatist, Turmel needs to explain to Canadians why she was a member of the separatist Bloc Québécois for more than four years, and remains a member of the sovereignist Québec solidaire.

This sentence makes no sense at all. There seem to be a number of reasons not to believe Turmel, that she was never a separatist -- and they appear within this sentence!

First, her membership in the Bloc Quebecois for five years to support a friend(?) lacks all credibility. If, however, this is true, it's not an action that has the mark of leadership stamped on it.

To be a member of the Québec solidaire means that Turmel is a socialist Quebecoise sovereignist -- and she thinks she can lead a national party with these credentials? (In answer to this criticism, she's dropped her membership in the Québec solidaire -- not on principle but because this controversy has forced her to. Again, not the actions of someone who is a leader.)

What a mess for the NDP! What a mess for the Parliament of Canada who now has a sitting Leader of the Opposition who appears to feel no loyalty to Canada or to the values of the ROC.

been around the block said...

Good editorial in the Globe and Mail today.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/nycole-turmel-and-the-ndp-have-some-explaining-to-do/article2117509/

... Mr. Layton may have done Canada a service by having attracted a number of Quebeckers like Ms. Turmel to the federalist side, in the process relegating the Bloc Québécois to a rump in the current Parliament. But he and the party's management should have paused to reflect on the consequences of appointing such a person to such a position. Not since Lucien Bouchard and Gilles Duceppe has someone whose loyalty to federalism appeared so tepid and fair-weather served as leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

It would be one thing had Ms. Turmel been a Bloc supporter in, say, the 1990s, and long ago renounced that affiliation, becoming an outspoken federalist in the process. But her conversion only came this January. Even then, she wrote a letter to the Bloc that her membership cancellation “has nothing to do with the party's policies, I am doing this for personal reasons.” Chief among the “party's policies,” of course, is the promotion of Quebec sovereignty. ...

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