Seriously, does Flaherty have an iota of credibility left? He's been exposed for having Crown assets under review for sale and he says, nothing to worry about? Please.
Just how many times can this government get away with saying one thing and doing another? I admit it perplexes me how anyone in the CPC can be taken at their word...yet we seem to have a buying public. No more than there ever was though. They haven't penetrated beyond their 30%ish base and even there, I wonder how many fiscal conservatives are rolling their eyes and the social right must be perpetually on their knees in prayer, asking that Harper see the light!
Yes, I know that the Lib's numbers aren't much higher, but come on, we've had a hill to climb and the Conservatives have supposedly been sitting on top of it.
So, is the more than 50Billion dollar man blowing smoke? Uh...is water wet?
Later, in a scrum with reporters, the finance minister insisted there will be "no fire sale" of government assets. "We're certainly not going to sell anything or offer anything for sale where the market would be depressed in terms of price."
And at the moment, what market wouldn't be? Petro Can is gone pal. David McGuinty had this to offer:
"Will the government disclose its criteria for this review and guarantee that this is not an ideological mission to dump institutions such as the CBC, VIA Rail and Canada Post?" asked Liberal MP David McGuinty. "After all, they were all on the prime minister's hit list when he was the head of policy with the Reform party."
What is disappointing about this story is that the mysterious 10B in asset sales included in the budget and never been accounted for, isn't questioned. I mean really. Shouldn't that be a story? An on going story? How do you put something in the asset column and not account for it? Doesn't that simply negate all that Flaherty is going on about now?
There is a saving grace though:
Under the Financial Administration Act, Parliament must approve the privatization of Crown corporations.
The bad news is...this government doesn't listen to Parliament.