Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pat Martin, Conservative in sheep's clothing

The Liberals have taken a well-deserved shot at Pat Martin, the NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre. Anyone familiar with Martin's performance during Question Period knows that the Liberals (and the Hill Times) are right to be suspicious about his motivations. The man seems to be driven first and foremost by a pathological hatred of the Liberal Party. He lobs softball questions at the Conservatives while attacking the Liberals, and giving the ministers he's questioning ample opportunity to do the same. Maybe someone should inform Pat that the Conservatives are currently forming the government now.


At 6/22/2006 3:10 p.m., Blogger Dennis said...

Shall I post for you the most recent Question Period exchanges of the Liberals attacking the NDP; who are not, by the way, the Government?

Come on, you know you wnat me too! :-)

At 6/22/2006 4:55 p.m., Blogger ottlib said...

It's not Pat Martin that they should be singling out it is Jack Layton they should be taking to task for allowing this to happen.

If they can brush the whole NDP with the supporting the Conservative government brush they can take back all of those left-leaning Liberals the lent the NDP their vote in the last couple of elections.

At 6/22/2006 6:39 p.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

I agree that the NDP really doesnt do itself a lot of favours. It seems to have locked onto the dellusional idea that it can replace the LPC as Canada's centre-left party, so it attacks us ad nauseum even though we arent in power.

Ironically, the NDP has more seats than it did in the last parliament and is more irrelevant.

At 6/22/2006 7:55 p.m., Blogger Manitoba Liberal said...

Pat Martin wants to turn the Federal scene into what we have in Manitoba, where it is the NDP vs. the Tories and the Liberal Party is nothing but a rump.

And if we pick a douche bag like Brison as leader than Pat Martin might just get his wish!

At 6/22/2006 8:58 p.m., Blogger Clear Grit said...

I agree, ottlib, part of the campaign strategy next time out should definitely be to point out to NDP voters that not only are their votes wasted on candidates who won't win, but their votes are wasted on candidates that, if they do win, spend their time in the House supporting right-wing Conservatives.

I used to have a bit of respect for the NDP. But it's become clear to me that they're just as power-hungry and cynical as the "politicians" they claim to hate so much.

At 6/23/2006 12:36 a.m., Blogger Demosthenes said...

The reason why is simple, BG: the NDP are trying to kill off the Liberals, and the Conservatives are only too happy to help them.

The NDP couldn't give a rat's ass about fighting the Conservatives right now... why hand the Liberals a government when you can kill them off and maybe in the future form one yourself?

At 6/23/2006 12:38 a.m., Blogger Demosthenes said...

Kyle: it isn't delusional at all, actually. The Reform party did the same thing, as did Labour in England. Coming in from the margins is how you beat centrist parties, but too many Liberals are still too focused on their right wing to understand that.

At 6/23/2006 2:37 a.m., Anonymous imspartacus said...

Here in BC --- which is much more representative of Canada in general than Sask or Manitoba ---- I can tell you that polarized left-and-right house puts governance in a tennis match where one extreme tries to slaughter the opposition and its supporters during their reign. And unfortuantely for progressives, the right side rules almost 2-to-1... and britain has a similar record, with only Tony Blair's bastardized version of Labour halting what was a long tory ice age. There is no doubt that Harpor and NDpers like Martin have talked about their 'ideal world' and that each side is encouraging the other; only that Harpor and his crew are laughing in their sleeves. But at least it was nice of them to pass along John Reynolds old wardrobe to Pat Martin, who now resembles someone out of WiseGuys... Delusional, yes. But also dangerous. We must double our efforts to get our message out, and I encourage all Libs here to write their local newspaper about the positive Liberal programs that are being cut, and reminding the public that there is no Kelowna, no daycare, no Kyoto today because of NDP and Tory alliance.

At 6/25/2006 5:19 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the pen of william fudger

Sure we've got to regain the Hill and we will but not by liberals calling other liberals "douche bags".


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