Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sask: Empty answers, guilt by association

Let's figure this out. The official opposition pursues the issue of government paying $270,000 to civil servant who was fired and convicted of assault. They pursue this issue from a typical "what did they know and when did they know it" approach.

The response from the Premier and Minister Atkinson is to suggest that the opposition called for Murdoch Carriere's dismissal and therefore shares the blame for being sued.

Yeah, we're all happy Carriere was fired for cause but nobody suggested that he be fired in a manner that exposes taxpayers to a lawsuit. Yes, fire the guy, but no, don't break provincial laws in doing so.

The second response from government we heard in Question Period today is...well it's not really a response. The government's fall back is to remind us all that Opposition Leader Brad Wall once worked as a political staffer for the Devine conservative government.

That's right -- the disastrous administration that was in power during the 1980s. You know, back when Miami Vice was all the rage and the Culture Club dominated the charts. I've spent a lot of time in a few provinces, and have never encountered one where issues from the 1980s come up so often and with such intensity.

It's time to move on, people. What constituency is really motivated by the misdeeds of the 80s? Certainly not the one that moved to Alberta over the past 20 years. If your best argument is to presume guilt by association, you are in serious trouble.

PS: Someone should explain to me how Sandra Morin's bitter rant (March 15, 58 minute mark) does anything to make Saskatchewan a better place to live, work and do business.

(Sandra Morin: Status of Women budget cuts are "tragically regressive"? You know what's truly tragic for low income single moms? "Tragically Regressive" school taxes on property -- save your outrage for a policy that takes food off the table, not cuts to aimless bureaucracy. Don't confuse lavishly spending money with actually doing good deeds.)


Peter Rempel said...

This post is boring.

Chad Moats said...

If you forget history, your doomed to repeat it.

R.S. Porter said...

Certainly, Chad. But your line of reasoning is fallacious. Surely your system of thought has evolved over the past 20 years, should we judge your thoughts and actions then or your recent history?

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