The more they stay the same

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper” isn’t as bad as a I though it would be, not when compared to “Justice Minister Vic Toews”. It is two unexpected surprises that have me smiling this morning though.

The appointment of an unelected person to cabinet certainly has a basis in tradition, though it is a surprising move for Harper, who generally uses the term “unelected” to mean “tyrannical and oppressive subverters of democracy.” Our appointed Senators don’t dare vote down anything that passes the House, and our appointed judges are being undemocratic when interpreting constitutional law, but an unelected cabinet minister being brought in to run Public Works, hey, that’s democracy. Then again, cabinet material is slim pickings from the Conservative caucus, so who can blame him. I think Jason Kenney was next in line, so let’s just count our blessings.

And my personal favourite: former Liberal minister David Emerson jumps ship into a government cabinet post. It will be a rough first few days, as many of his caucus colleauges are sure to denounce him as a whore, prostitute, and dipstick. I respect his right to cross the floor, to a party which recieved 19% of the vote in his riding, and look forward to the next election.

It’s only Day One, and Harper is already living up to my expectations. With material like this, the blog writes itself.

Yet even with my visceral dislike of the new government, at least things are better here than to the south in the Republic of Gilead, where even the noble institution of NASA is falling victim to censorship through the fundamentalist filter of the Bush administration.

~ Gnomes



  1. O'Smiley said,

    Monday, 6 February 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Gnomes, wasn’t it you who said “You can check out any time you like”.

  2. Gnomes said,

    Tuesday, 7 February 2006 at 10:36 am

    It was, and like I defended Stronach’s (not “Belinda’s”) right to cross the floor, I defend Emerson’s. I was merely pointing out that there were many uncivilized attacks against Stronach’s “disloyalty”, which would make several Conservatives into blatant hypocrites for accepting Emerson with open arms.

  3. Anonymous said,

    Tuesday, 7 February 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Thats politics.–>

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