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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Watchmaker steadies his delicate hand / I want you / For barbeque parties on blood red sands
— Peter Gabriel, And Through the Wire
October 5, 2004
The Martin throne speech

I shan’t go on at length about the throne speech - it was, I believe, fairly predictable.

There’s been a lot of talk about Martin’s need to appease the opposition, and I’m not so sure that this is what to do here.

Stephen Harper’s comment on this speech was that it’s “not the role of the Official Opposition to support the entire agenda of the Government.” While perfectly valid, Harper is basically saying that he’s playing a role here: it doesn’t matter what the speech says, it only matters that he’s supposed to oppose it.

Knowing that Harper is essentially opposing for the sake of opposing, what would you do?

Govern reasonably, put forward an agenda Canadians like and blame the opposition for being unreasonable when the government falls. Walk to a new majority.

I give it a year. Next fall. About the time Adrienne Clarkson’s term ends right now: why else was she given only a one year extension?

Posted by skooter at 6:13 PM This entry is filed under Politics.

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