A new poll shows the Conservatives within reach of a majority after their scandalous decision to put party logos on government cheques, and the Liberals within reach of the ocean floor after their scandalous decision to offer us rule by a philosopher klunk. I don’t know whether to laugh at the Grits or cry at the Tories.
I’m inclined to chuckle because I spent the Chrétien years clinging to Robert Louis Stevenson’s claim that “wicked men and fools … both get paid in the end; but the fools first.” And the Liberals are now reaping a bitter harvest of the same mean-spirited arrogance they assiduously sowed during their long period in office.
My dislike of what recent federal Liberal governments did was, I struggled to convince myself, just part of democratic life. But I was profoundly bothered by the way they did it; their brutal arrogance seemed to me to cheapen our political discourse to no constructive or even discernable purpose. Had they carried out the very same policies in a more generous tone what would have been lost, by them or Canada? Continue reading