A message from our political leaders: Don’t pay attention to politics
I was away last week, but before I left, the big story was a WWE-style war of words between “Pencil Neck” McGuinty and Jimmy “Hell’s Elf” Flaherty. Upon my return I find the war has “escalated.”
Has it? They’re saying the same things they were saying before, only the headlines are louder. Rumour has it that there was a federal budget sandwiched in between at some point last week, but no one can really recall. (See fellow TL blogger Doug Bell’s drive-by swipe here.)
Should have known. In retrospect, it was a foregone conclusion that the budget would be a nil document. The date itself was the only necessary clue: the budget came down on NHL trade deadline day. Political types pay close attention to the social calendar, especially when they want to be ignored. If the Conservatives had had anything interesting to say about the nation’s finances—or, more precisely, any political message they wanted Canadians to hear, particularly youngish-to-middle-aged Canadian men who enjoy sports (a key demographic, n’est-ce pas?)—they’d have picked another day.
But then, I guess that is the political message. To our most valued and trustworthy supporters, Don’t think about politics, lest you decide to change your mind. Or, put another way, Chad Kilger for a third-round pick! The future is bright!