Saturday, February 11, 2006

A man of principle: Garth Turner

Conservative Garth Turner, on leadership, September 21, 2005:

Maybe I’m too simple, but it seems to me that once you pick a leader, you support that leader. It also strikes me the leader is but one aspect of a political party and what we all should be doing within that party. The political process is a deeper and bigger than one man, regardless of what the media tells you.

I agree. But does Garth Turner agree with what he once wrote? There is also this quote a day later:

So when I got home last night here was a note from Laureen Harper, Stephen’s wife, whom I have not met....

It was an honest and moving note, and spoke of the ups and downs of leadership, and the disappointment at seeing the infighting Canadians, and Conservatives, seem to be so good at. She was frank, refreshingly direct, and encouraging.

....We are a society in which success is rewarded with envious venom, and yet Canadians constantly bemoan the lack of strong leadership.

To become a leader in this country is to open up yourself to endless criticism, of the kind Harper is now receiving. It is hurtful and often destructive. Whether it is standing at the front of a public meeting letting your opponents rip away at you, or opening your Globe and Mail and reading about your shortcomings, leadership is hard. But as much as the leader endures, the family feels even more. This I have learned, and will not forget.

What do you think?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Party of the Blinded and Stupid
Harper Destroyed his own credibilty .. .if he ever had one.
/he just proved my worst fears /
What did he meant by Free votes ..if he can't even face his own party's Criticism.
He is doing the worst kind of politic he actively seeks out for any defectors who are not having any cnscience the freaky self serving amoral ones like Emerson
yes Garth seems to have some moral principle while Harper and Emerson has nothing ..
They were both doing the opposite after the election then what they were talking about during the campaign.. Liars .. amoral Freaks.

You Can't sweep this under the Rug.. it stinks...

He /harper/ duped the public but only once !!!!

Anne (mad in Ontario) said...

Thanks for the link and post, great job!

Looks like someone else has some serious anger management issues to work out, is it a full moon already??

Anne (happier in Ontario) said...

Oops, meant to post under my NEW name to reflect the change in government! :-)

CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

Does Harper need new advisors? Or, the Mulroney grocery bag of money and Trojan Horse election:

The PM blew it with the two non-Tory-elected Cabinet appointments. He moved fast, and some reports say he was not making this decision on his own – others advised him on them.

Does he need new advisors?

He is relatively green to the office of Prime Minister, and his experience as policy wonk and opposition leader does not necessarily equip him to represent all the people of Canada, including those in the large cities which did not vote any Tories into Parliament; therefore the quality of his advisors is rather important.

Are his advisors of the right sort?

I spotted a preening Brian Mulroney on TV the night of the election, saying he would not comment on whether or not he was an advisor to the new PM, because he had learned that the easiest way to become an ex-advisor was to say you were one. He obviously signalled that he was one, and Harper is reported to have called Brian Baby often during the election for advice.

• A legitimate question for Harper: Did Brian Mulroney advise you on your two unusual Cabinet appointments (especially the Quebec one)?

• A second question: Is Mulroney the best advisor for a newly-minted PM, given his track record of leading the Conservative Party to the biggest implosion in recorded history?

Rafe Mair of thetyee.ca has an interesting snippet about Mulroney and a grocery bag full of money:

“Because of the news this week, permit me to digress. In various newspapers, over the past few years, it's been stated that Brian Mulroney took several hundred thousand dollars in a grocery bag from Karl-Heinz Schreiber, the Mr. Fix-it of the Airbus scandal. When the story appeared in the Globe and Mail about two years ago, it was in the weekend editorial on the second page by editor Ed Greenspon, who reported that Mulroney, far from denying this, begged him not to print the story and offered him a better one if he didn't. Now Mr. Schreiber has flatly denied Mr. Mulroney's statement that this shopping bag full of money was to help him open a pizza business. He says Mulroney was short of money and "…[Mulroney] was very simple and very stupid. Simple as that I gave him 300,000. Stupid in that he denied it…" This money, it's reported, came from a Swiss bank account. This leads to a bigger question. In 1995, the RCMP wanted to examine Swiss bank accounts looking for Brian Mulroney. In order to get cooperation from the banks, they had to compose a letter setting forth the reasonable grounds for the request. This request became public and Mulroney sued the government for $50 million. The government caved in and paid over $2 million to Mulroney in settlement. Some, including me, screamed blue bloody murder over this, but the establishment's captive press did no investigating and let matters lie. Now the CBC, God bless them, through Fifth Estate, have uncovered the $300,000 story and, it is hoped will follow up on the Swiss Bank Account caper.”

One further thought: If Mulroney is an important and trusted advisor of Harper, then have Canadian voters in effect elected a Harper-Mulroney government?

And did voters realize they were doing this, or is it – like the Vancouver and Quebec cabinet appointments – another case of a Harper Trojan Horse policy?