December 22, 2008 @ 20:54
I might as well respond to this one quickly before all the Harper haters fill my inbox demanding my take on today's Senate appointments.
I know what the take will be by the Harper haters. The words patronage and abuse will be heavily used. Harper haters will try and angle the appointment of eighteen Senators as some kind of seedy back room deal.
But it's not.
To my mind it's a lot like the four billion dollar bailout that Harper was forced into.
The Prime Minister didn't want the country to go into deficit, but once it became apparent that the auto makers would need a bailout, and that some form of stimulus would be needed there was no avoiding it.
The irony is, the same people that demanded the Prime Minister do something, are the same people that are now criticizing him for the deficit.
Same thing with today's Senator appointments. The Prime Minister pushed and pushed for an elected Senate but experienced nothing but push-back at every turn.
So what does he do? He does what any rational human being would do. With another federal election staring him in the face, he fills the Senate with his own choices.
He didn't want to. He wanted to reform the Senate. He wanted Senators to be voted into office, but when that was met with resistance he was left with no alternative.
He had to play the appointment game.
And why the hell wouldn't he?