Still on Steve Harper’s cabinet softshoe shuffle, in the National Post‘s Full Comment, Chris Selley has a round up of items discussing Harper’s shell game wherein, (or is it whereupon?) he’s moved cronies around so cunningly, so quickly, he almost defeats the observer.
But not quite. Various writers commented on on Harper’s Latest, many of them quoted, in turn, by Selley.
For example, you J.K. Granatstein, writing in the Ottawa Citizen
wonders how Rob Nicholson, “with no previous military experience or evident interest” in defence, will do running that ministry at a time when “the balloon of optimism” over the Conservatives’ long-term interest in the Canadian Forces “has deflated completely.” There’s no sign of the “promised usable harbour in the Arctic archipelago,” or of the icebreaker that would keep it usable; new search-and-rescue aircraft are “bogged down in the great procurement swamp,” to say nothing of the F-35 debacle, and the trucks debacle (which the Post‘s Matt Gurney details here), and what Granatstein thinks is another debacle to come over our homemade ships, which could have been bought abroad for a fraction of the cost: He says the Brits are buying South Korean supply ships for “about one-seventh of the Canadian estimates for roughly similar vessels,” which makes us nearly tremble with rage.
And Sun Media’s Ezra Levant
suggests that had Don Cherry said “Canada is full,” instead of David Suzuki, the “Media Party … would have built a gallows [for him] by now” instead of “giving [him] a free pass.” Good God … he’s right. What a devastating thought experiment. It’s like a third eye has opened, and finally we see the hypocrisy of the left for what it is!
Lawrence Martin, writing in The Globe and Mail
doesn’t think a shuffle that elevates “one of [Stephen Harper’s] most belligerent, thuggish MPs, Pierre Poilievre, as Minister of State for Democratic Reform,” can possibly claim to be “mend[ing] fences” or, really, doing anything particularly useful at that position. Coyne, who calls Poilievre “oily,” agrees. Us too.
And there’s lots more, including a shot of Steve and the missus with a grinning Johnny Carson in the background 😉
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