Sunday, May 15, 2005

Civility in politics

Despite Layton's dealing with the devil to try and get the NDP version of the budget passed, it's stories like this that show there is still some sign of fairness in politics. In a sign of political class which has been seriously missing from Canadian politics as of late (personally I think the last 11 years), Jack Layton (leader of the NDP party for those who don't know Canadian politics) has suggested that due to the timing of the budget vote, which coincides with at least one Conservative MP's cancer treatment, that they adopt a process of vote 'pairing'. This would essentially cancel out a vote on the yeah side for every nay that cannot attend, and vice versa.

While this happens on a less formal level almost every election (I have often heard people decide in advance to cancel out each others votes and go grab a pint instead) this is the first time I've seen this happen in on the parliamentary level, especially where the results could topple the current government.

The fact that it was Layton to propose this is not all that surprising. I have always thought of the NDP as the nations conscience and have even told friends to vote NDP (only if they were left leaning to begin with and I could not convince them to vote conservative) because even though I think they would make a terrible ruling party, you can honestly say that they believe in their positions. In that regard only, they are much more like the Conservative party then their Liberal brethren.

While I wouldn't trust a Liberal to tell me what their favorite TV show without an opinion poll, the NDP truly do have the well being of the nation's poor and unfortunate in mind. Personally I just think they are too idealistic to actually accomplish anything without first destroying the economy and therefore making all but the wealthiest people members of the poor and unfortunate.


Anonymous Friedrich Von Quiffle said...

It occurs to me that my pubic region is not nearly as populated with healthy, thick, dark blonde hair as it once was. This pattern is somewhat concerning and I truly believe this has had an adverse effect on the social climate of our great nation.
My pubic hair has always held great power, much of it far too devastating for humans to understand. It has always been said that one day the full force of my pubic hair will become evident to all in one glorious moment of pure little person giggle. Not unlike a leprechaun or one of those lollipop guild members.
Open up your heart to the full-bodied flavour, and you will not be disappointed.

May 17, 2005 11:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Mark Blatscher said...

... Yes, but, the people at Corning could not have imagined that their products would EVER be used to reheat hot dogs. Who could?

May 17, 2005 11:53 a.m.  

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