"All right. Come out with your hands up, two cups of coffee, an auto freshener that says Capricorn, and something with coconut on it!"
-- Chief Clancy Wiggum

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies

Before I get into my rant, I’ll mention that there are updates on the deck log.

So the first part of the Gomery report has been released, and guess what? It looks like Chretien shares some of the blame for the corrupt sponsorship program that was run from the PMO, by his chief of staff. Our current lame-duck leader is very likely innocent of any wrongdoing, which (if upheld in the final report) would help provide some stability for our stuck-in-the-mud political scene. Hopefully, Canucks will be willing to put the past in the past in next spring’s election, get us to a Liberal majority and let us all move on with our lives.

But wait! Our old power-hungry, fame-seeking, legacy-building ex-prime minister wants none of that. He’s not willing to roll over and take the blame for a program he started. Instead, he’s using his (bewilderingly powerful) influence to cast doubt on the veracity of the Gomery findings, encouraging all of his (confusingly numerous) loyalists to believe that the report is not worth the paper it’s written on. Rather than taking one for the team (which would have no real impact on him, since the Gomery findings incur no civil or criminal liability), Chretien has decided that maintaining his legacy (which doesn’t actually exist anywhere other than in his mind) is more important than allowing Canada to move forward from this embarassing chapter. He even went so far as to directly implicate Paul Martin in holding responsibility for the kickbacks…a move which makes no sense to me, as this also kind of confirms that Chretien himself knew what was going on.

Canadians need to realize that Chretien is a narcissistic loon who can’t handle the idea that anyone might have a harsh word to say about him. Because of this, he invents the appropriate spin to cover his own numerous failings, and expects everyone to fall for it. I truly wonder if he even knows the difference between reality and his media-friendly ramblings anymore. Between his own do-nothing tenure and the impact that his mismanagement has caused (i.e. years of minority governments), Chretien is responsible for allowing this country to shuffle along without any clear direction for over 12 years now, with no end in sight. This man does indeed have a legacy, but it’s a legacy of shame. It’s time Canadians clued in to that.

2 Responses to “I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies”

  1. Ouch.
    Firstly, I agree with the get-on-with-our-lives part. The PCs look like such ass-clowns calling for an election as though this report made the sitting government look any worse than it has in the last 1.5 years – it made them look better actually. I tire of them implicating anyone that ever carried a Liberal party card over the acts of a few corrupt individuals.
    Secondly, don’t act so confused about Chrétien’s influence and loyalists. That’s why he was a successful PM (before you blow your top let’s say success = tenure for the moment). He was a master at negotiation and influence-peddling (of the legitimate kind). I’m undecided about his guilt or innocence in this affair.
    Thirdly, don’t be so quick to dismiss his time on office. There’s another reason he was in office so long – things are fine here, thanks. I don’t want to sound like a pessimist, but the way things are going, I think that in the future our generation will look back at the Clinton-Chrétien years as being comparatively excellent.
    Lastly, getting hung up on JC’s rantings contradicts your get-on-with-our-lives angle. He’s not holding anything up, just ignore him.

  2. Wow… I never thought I would see Kaveman hope for a Liberal majority… I’ll have to check my window to see if I can spot airborne pork! :)

    I concur that Chretien should shut up and take it. The inquiry found that he didn’t actually do anything, but negligent for failing to prevent it and for not being control of things in general. Fair enough, I say. You’re in charge, then everything is ultimately your responsibility. That’s why they pay you the big bucks. But the golf ball fiasco certainly showed us how fragile the ex-PM’s ego is, so I suppose it should come as no surprise that he would decide to fight it.

    As for his years in office… well, yes, a he’s a narcissistic loon, but I can’t say I can complain about much while he was in there – at least not any more than I would likely complain about any other leader, and less than some I can think of. No direction? So what? The world is a constantly changing place, yesterday’s direction may not be appropriate tomorrow. And better no direction than a bad one. Like, oh, say, the Common Sense Revolution…

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