The first item that caught my eye was: "Conservative Budget Fails Canadians" in big bold letters on the front page. She goes to list all the ways in which the budget is seriously flawed and inadequate. Then she states:
This federal budget, presented on May 2, fails to provide a sound economic vision for the future and also brings Canada dangerously close to deficit. I find the budget to be irresponsible and short-sighted and I will not support it in the House of Commons.
But of course, we all know what happened. Someone was asleep at the switch, and the budget was passed Tuesday without even a whimper from the opposition.
I was musing to myself that she probably wishes she could claw back all those householders and rewrite her front page story. Then I checked out her website and found the same text with nothing changed!!!
(May I remind you that we are talking about the party whip here - The one who is supposed to be on top of everything...)
As Gilles Duceppe said in Allan Wood's National Post piece on June 7 ("Tory Budget Passes - Accidentally"),
...Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois leader, suggested it was either an error, as the parties opposed to the budget bill say, which shows that they are "incompetent," or it was not an error and they are "liars."
"Whether it's one or the other, they are not the required qualities for doing politics," Mr. Duceppe said.
It's not often that I agree with a separatist.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Check out the June 12 Toronto Sun for an amusing little editorial, "The Gang that Couldn't Vote Straight".