Vive Le Canada

Politicians playing dangerous game
Date: Thursday, November 30 2006

November 30, 2006

Politicians playing dangerous game

Talk about politics making strange bedfellows! Prime Minister Stephen Harper easily passed his controversial motion -- that declared the Quebecois to be a nation within a united Canada -- in the House of Commons on Monday night.

It was a motion that greatly dismayed us because the public has no appetite for these kinds of political games, even if they were started by elements of the Liberal party and encouraged by the Bloc Quebecois.

It was a briefly brilliant but ultimately foolhardy political gambit by Harper that we fear will have long-term negative ramifications for Canada.

But given the divisive nature of a motion that was supposed to be all about rebuilding national unity, perhaps it's not surprising that this newspaper finds itself agreeing with the few federal Liberals who would not back Harper's motion and also fear the government is playing dangerous games.

Like Liberal leadership contender Ken Dryden, who rightfully complained in the Commons on Monday that the motion had "no precise language, no precise depth of understanding, no time and mechanism to work through, no clarity and no support."

Well, it had a lot of support in the House of Commons. How it plays outside the insulated world of our politicians is a bit more complicated.

[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on December 1, 2006]


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