Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Well, At Least It Looks Like Accountability

I've been a while thinking about how I was going to address the topic of the Liberal sponsorship scandal. Apparently the time is now to post it because my family is getting tired of me ranting about it.

I'm not ranting about the scandal - that's been done to death. I will grant conservatives in this country that the Liberals stole a bunch of money, gave it to their friends and then played hide the salami with the Canadian public. All in a nearly failed attempt to keep Quebec in Canada.

However, it is absolutely hypocritical of the Conservative party, the Bloc, the NDP or any other party to suggest that the Liberals are alone in committing these kinds of shenanigans. Helping your friends who own advertising companies once you win the election and form a government is one of the time honoured kick-back schemes of the modern political era. The Conservatives did it all through the 80's. The big difference now is that the Liberals got caught. I'm not excusing them for their actions. I just can't handle Steven Harper crowing his moral outrage over something that his own party has done in the past and probably would do again if given half the chance.

So, now we have a Christmas election campaign with a January 23, 2006 election date. The end result of which will be:

Liberal sponsorship scandal $100 Million
Cost of the Gomery inquiry $80 Million
Cost of a Federal election $170 Million (cost of the 1997 election)

That's not counting the dollars that the parties will spend on their respective campaigns. Figure that at probably another $100 Million total.

What will you get for your $450 Million. Another Liberal minority, a separatist Bloc opposition, an even more ineffective NDP and a despondent Steven Harper.

See, there's one bright spot. Maybe after this he'll join the illustrious ranks of failed and ridiculed Federal Conservative Leaders. He'll be in great company with Stock, Brian and Joe.

Personally, I'd just call it even. Round up everybody that Gomery fingers (figuratively you sickos) in his report and put them on trial. Then, if any politicians get convicted, hold regional bi-elections to solve any missing MP problems.

Nah... let's just waste the $270 Million to retain the status quo. That's what we do best.


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