I just finished watching Paul Martin’s address (there are video clips in the right-hand column, thanks Debby) to the nation, and Stephen Harper’s response to it. Martin pledged to call an election 30 days after the Gomery inquiry’s results are made public. Harper lambastes Martin in both official languages. I’m struck by what pitiful public speakers they both are, and confused about when the next federal election will occur.
To be honest, I haven’t been following the sponsorship scandal very closely. Clearly Martin’s party has acted inappropriately, and clearly they should be held accountable for those actions. I didn’t vote for Martin, and given his mismanagement, I don’t think he should be able to dictate the timing of the next election. Either way, he’ll be thrown out on his ear if the Liberals know what’s good for them.
I agree with Paul
Janes Wells when he notes a “big, big win” for Jack Layton:
He begins by talking about what government should be doing. Among other things, it’s a refreshing change from the previous three guys. If anyone’s still listening…
I’m not crazy about Layton’s party, but he’s by far the best speaker, and is far succinct that his fellow speakers. It’s also the best-written speech, pointed without being catty. He wins my respect by not focusing on the scandal, but on what government should be doing instead of the scandal.