Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Pawley on Premiership
There's some interesting thoughts I got while viewing this video.
- Just how relative the political "centre" is and how goofy national media pundits can be when making cross province comparisons (see also the overton window). In the context of the 2011 Ontario election the Globe and Mail had a hysterical editorial out about how radical Ontario NDP leader Andrew Horwath was. They bemoaned her "radical platform" due to a Public Auto Insurance plank, then complimented the moderation of Manitoba's NDP!
- How awful the judgments of many PC leaders have been. On the rights issues of their day, they just keep coming out wronger and wrongers - history doesn't vindicate them one bit. Ex-PC leaders Sterling Lyon and Gary Filmon both stood against French language rights. The proud tradition of standing against equal rights has continued on in the Manitoba PC Party.
On the later point, it seems that the PC Party membership were even more hateful.
It was the first time Filmon had spoken publicly about Mulroney's visit when - frequently interrupted by boos and shouts of "go home to frog country" from a crowd of 1,000 angry party members - the federal Tory leader said he would not backtrack on his commitment to minority language rights.
("French rights won't split Tories: Filmon"April 17, 1984. The Montreal Gazette)
Sterling Lyon & Gary Filmon opposed French Language rights to play politics.
Stuart Murray opposed same-sex adoptions rights by voting against them (though "personally" isn't against them) and spoke at a pro-Iraq War Rally in 2003.
Current PC leader Brian Pallister fought tooth and nail against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
People wonder why these jokers have been shut out of power. There's no credibility whatsoever in the PC Party's trackrecord on important issues requiring sound judgement.
Howard Pawley is hated and demonized by the right and lamented by at least one neutral-ish blogger as the epitome of "leftwing excess". Pawley's crime is basically doing necessary stimulus spending in the early 1980s to keep the economy afloat (which succeeded & did result in deficits) and hiking still nationally low auto-rates. This is nothing next to the clown of the earth moments we get from Manitoba PC leaders.
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