Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Harper No "Man of Courage"

No Apologies Exclusive: Tristan explains why Harper might be a good tactician, but he's no man of "courage"
Posted: February 12, 2008 10:37 PM

"I say again I don't know who wrote these empty talking points, or when. But when every medium in the country, from the Globe and Mail to the Toronto Star to the National Post, are united in calling for an amendment of section 13, surely a little bit of political courage can be expected from a government calling itself Conservative."
Ezra Levant

I don't know him that well, but if there is anyone who's earned the right to criticize Canada's Conservative government it is Ezra Levant.

Well okay, Mark Steyn too. But Mark lives in the U.S.  Ezra on the other hand, is fighting for free speech in the heart of the war zone - Canada.

He's a proven leader and a courageous man.

But one of the things he wrote above kind of stuck in my craw.

Ezra used the word "courage" to describe what he hopes will be the Conservative government's response to the rogue CHRC.

The context of Ezra's comment has to do with a memo from Justice Minister Rob Nicholson that was circulating on Parliament Hill late last week.  We broke that story here at  The circular outlined the government's strategy in dealing with media and constituent questions if the issue of the Canadian Human Rights Commission were to come up. 

The Harper government's basic approach as outlined in that memo? Say nothing, and hope we don't get pushed to the wall on this.  
Someone suggested on that this is a deliberate strategy on Stephen Harper's part because he "doesn't trust the media."  That this is strictly a media ploy, and that Harper actually has a secret plan to enact a policy to deal with the CHRC while safeguarding his potential majority government in the next federal election.  For the record, I don't believe that for a minute...

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