Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's Not Fair! It's Not Fair! It's Not Fair!

Today's committee hearings were something to behold. In fact, for me it was a day that made you cringe to think of who is running this country at the moment. If today's performance was our only measurement of these people, you'd conclude that we are being governed by whining, defensive, paranoid, offensive, liars, who view all Canadian Institutions with disdain, including parliament itself.

Oh right, we are.

The gentleman shown here is David Tilson, Con MP for Dufferin -Caledon. As Kady O'Malley likes to remind us, he's very cranky. Not just occasionally, but it seems to be a regular state of mind for him. He was not happy with today's proceedings and really did say, "It's not fair!" about 4 or 5 times.

The morning session was taken up by the Conservatives taking issue with Mayrand's remarks that he will be careful not to speak to issues that are currently before the Court. In fact, the Con's seem to have been putting forward questions that have already been asked in Court because apparently the transcripts are available.

I found that interesting actually. I presumed that their defense team would have more than what the Con's have been putting forward in public. Apparently not, at least not so far, which does not bode well for their case. Ironically Poilievre tried to make the case today at just how badly things are going for the opposition parties and how well they are going for the Con's, which made me laugh out loud. I guess he doesn't read any press.

So the morning was basically a lot of to and fro'ing with the Conservatives telling us, once again, just how hard done by they are and how everybody and I mean everybody is against them.

What was really offensive though was how blatant their disdain for Mayrand and EC really is.

This afternoon was about going over the witness list, (to be called beginning in August, 11th I think). Szabo began by striking out duplicates on the list then proceeded to explain that only those witnesses that actually fell within the parametres of what the committee was charged with and that eliminated all the Conservatives witnesses. Any guesses as to how that went over?

Good grief, squeals of, unfair, kangaroo court, bias, illegal running of committee and so on. Why were the witnesses excluded? The best I can make out is because their list consisted of NDP and Bloc members, past members and official agents. Given that the committee is charged with looking into what the Conservatives did, those individuals don't seem very relevant do they?

So we were treated to about another hour of whining from the Conservatives until finally Marlene Jennings moved to adjourn and since that receives no debate, just a vote, so 'crack', down came the gavel and the meeting was done.

This did not allow Poilievre to put forward his ridiculous motion to compel Mayrand to call an independent investigation into the fictitious leak, but something tells me he'll bring it up again at the next meeting.

So I guess we'll pick this up in August, unless Mr. Poilievre decides to do some more radio shows.

As always, for a play by play account of today, visit Kady's blog.

BC'er also has an account.

2 comments:

Cherniak_WTF said...

you'd conclude that we are being governed by whining, defensive, paranoid, offensive, liars, who view all Canadian Institutions with disdain, including parliament itself.
That's been obvious for awhile....

RuralSandi said...

I think it's just a matter of time when Poilievre will cross the "legal" line of allegations...I can't wait.