In my experience, the happier with the weight, the better the relationships with everyone including self. Why do people insist on getting everything backwards all the time?
This is the best tribute to him, by an artist I’ve had the real pleasure of meeting once, back in the late 1980s. May we all have the strength to be as strong and true as Mandela was.
This is an excellent column that I wish everyone would take 10 minutes to read carefully. I agree with the proposal.
Move over, guys, we need room for Ben.
One thing you have to admit, Michael Chong’s private member’s bill to reform Parliament doesn’t leave many people indifferent. From the overly enthusiastic to the cranky skeptic, seems everyone is keen to share an opinion. And boy, do they feel strongly about it.
I think that’s the best thing about this bill. The level of enthusiasm (pro or con) it has managed to generate in one wee week. I like that. Very few people who aren’t currently party leaders think Parliament is working quite right. So by all means, let’s bring it on. Debate, discuss, amend, adopt, enjoy.
I take Wells’ point that a lot of Conservative MPs are happy to put up with the trained seal act if it means they get to be close to power. I don’t always understand it, but I can’t deny it’s happening. Quite possibly for a lot of those MPs being a small cog in the machine that keeps Stephen Harper on his throne is by far the biggest achievement they’ll ever be able to put next to their otherwise unaccomplished names, so there is that.
Ultimately I want my legislators to have the tools (and, crucially, the backbone) necessary to keep the executive in check. It may be that Chong’s bill isn’t perfect. It may also not be technically all that necessary. But if it has a sporting change of moving us closer to my goal I’m more than happy to support it.
And generally behaving honourably, is you don’t have to keep track of your various lies and misrepresentations. Case in point. At first the “deleting” of Benjamin Perrin’s emails were sort of his fault. But now that they’ve magically been undeleted, it was PCO’s fault.
Sheesh. Man up, already.
Seriously: I get very tired of people making stupid remarks about a politician who, on a few important files now (think charter of values, and senate reform), measures his words carefully and says the right thing. (Notable exception: the China comment from that famous ladies’ night event.) You don’t have to be a Trudeau fan to give the man points when he does or says good things. Here, I’ll show you. I’m not a fan of his at all, but I think this comment on whether Stephen Harper should resign is very good:
In a wide-ranging interview for CTV’s Question Period on Sunday, Trudeau was asked why he has not called for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to resign as the Senate scandal continues to grow.
Trudeau said calling for Harper’s resignation “is a very, very serious thing,” and said it’s “ultimately much more important” to get to the bottom of the issues related to the scandal so Canadians “can make a better appraisal of their leader.”
“Opposition leaders who call for the prime minister’s resignation anytime something happens in Ottawa begin to lose credibility,” Trudeau said.
“And what I’m focused on right now is restoring the credibility of Parliament and of politicians in general for Canadians by emphasizing facts, by getting people to answer honest questions, and to be less focussed on cover-up and more focused on governing.”
Personally I have no problem calling for the PM’s resignation. But I’m not a politician. I think on this one Trudeau is striking the right note.