Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wait. That Bob Rae?

If you'd told me three years ago -- about the same time he was recommending that Ontario's university students all be made poorer for their own good -- Bob Rae would be the white knight for the Liberal Party of Canada, I think I probably would have laughed in your face and maybe used an obscenity or two.

It really is a mystery to me why we should all be excited that 3 of 4 Liberals won... three safe Liberal seats. Yet this is the headline in Canadian newspapers.


Blogging Horse said...

Liberals were the only party to lose seats on Monday, yet the Liberal spin machine says it's Jack Layton's problem? Preposterous.

Those modest Liberals (like Rae) need to start taking some credit for thieir accomplishments like the fact that they have dropped from 103 to 97 seats and that Harper is still prime minister after the NDP put a clear non-confidence motion on the table which the Liberals ducked out on.

Where's that Liberal pride that brought us things like the Sponsorship scandal?

Chet Scoville said...

You know, about fifteen years ago I was an international student (this was before I became a Canadian citizen), when Rae's government suddenly kicked all our asses out of OHIP. And they lied about why; they said we paid no taxes as international students, when, in fact, we did.

His government was, of course, deeply unpopular, and in order to appear as if they were saving the health care system, they decided to screw over a few thousand healthy people in their teens and early twenties. Of course, the move didn't save any money at all, because people like that don't use the health care system much.

Funny thing, but I've never really liked the guy since then.