Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Think the Religious Right Has No Voice in Government?
This morning I read Big City Lib's blog . He had picked up on something that backbencher MP, Brad Trost, had told LifeSiteNews.com. That is that Min Diane Ablonczy was going to pay a price, for having announced funding for Pride Week in Toronto under the Marquee Tourism Events program.
The story has morphed throughout the day. It went from Trost suggesting that Ablonczy had been fired, to David Akin learning that she hadn't, to suggestions that the file had been taken away from her because of this faux pas and finally concluding with a big, gosh no! Minister Ablonczy isn't being punished! The file is just too big!
Riiiight. Odd that no one told any of the reporters that story earlier in the day. Oh and not to mention that the file is being given to none other than Tony Clement who I guess is just twiddling his thumbs in between all this global economic crisis stuff and attending the G8 summit.
Think about this for a second and it's not tough to see a bigger picture here.
First, the PM and Ablonczy meet with the Tourism Industry to announce their new strategy, June 09/2009, then Ablonczy makes the announcement on June 15th/2009 with great pride and fanfare. Then, the religious right-wing extremists pick up on the story and started squawking on June 18th/2009. Beyond that print article, you can see vids of McVety at the site making a big deal of this and encouraging people to write their MP's, etc. (Caution: Only watch vids if you have a strong stomach.)
I presume the loyal flock followed his advice because you then fast forward to the Trost's comments at the site and you can see him paddling, quickly.
According to Conservative MP Brad Trost, however, the decision to fund the event also came a shock to most of the Conservative caucus, even those inside the Prime Minister's office.
What absolute tripe! Since when does this government not know exactly what is going on? Since when are press releases not vetted? Since when does a Minister just suddenly decide on her own to make an cash announcement with no other department, (Treasury Board), knowing?
This is yet another example of the Harper government showing it's true colours. Worse yet, it's showing it's bias, while at the same time denying it. Having cake...eating it too, comes to mind. Not a bad plan, huh?
In the end though, it does tell us that as much as we had hoped that the McVety's of this country weren't having an impact on the current government, that doesn't appear to be the case. I mean, it seems pretty clear that Trost agrees with the vile rants of McVety. How many in caucus share his view? They must be a force or Diane Ablonczy would still have all of her files.
Some Ministers get praised for losing files, and others lose files for being praised. That my friends is Harpocrisy.
Update - With all due respect, Kady seems to be catching up here.