Thursday, January 10, 2008
NEWISH YEAR RESOLUTION #7...
Silence here at RKO Rosebud, thanks to a new baby daughter, a wicked virus and general seasonal laziness. But well before groundhogs' day, we're ready to pop back into action with some cheap comments from the over-inflated cheap seats.
Our faithful leader has been getting broadsided fairly heavily, at least from some inside corners, for his appointment of Joan Beatty, current NDP MLA in Saskatchewan, to run in the upcoming byelection.
Some people have qualms over the mere idea of 'appointing candidates' and robbing the local members from having their vote. It is a little troubling, but I've been involved in a similar situation where the candidate was head-and-tails the best person for the job, and while he didn't win, brought us closest to a victory that we've seen in this riding in decades (and since then, the NdP candidate who nearly won that year has since joined our party -- Nah-nah-nah-nah!)
Others are not pleased that we've accepted another 'turncoat', even though as a party without an ideology and expected to survive with the 'big tent' mantra, it makes sense to welcome and entice members from all parties at all times. Naturally, I was a Bob Rae supporter during the leadership race, so you can guess my opinion.
However, I'm not one to say there isn't reasonable qualms to this act.
Beatty was just elected to the Saskatchewan legislature barely two months ago, but now sees fit to leave before they even sit for greener pastures. That does seem a tad 'Emersin-esque', an opportunist with self-interest at heart.
Perhaps that's politics.
But without David Orchard coming out and standing behind Ms. Beatty, this has become an internal quagmire that the media will play with until the votes are cast. And that didn't work out so well in a riding where we had a fairly comfortable edge last time. Here we are holding on to a 67 vote margin.
Still, I'm impressed with Beatty's credentials and wish she would have taken out her membership before running in the provincial election. Then I could have swallowed this a whole lot better.
So I'm going to hope that our fearless leader decides to withdraw his decision and let democracy back into the fold for the people of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.
Let the CONs have their Mark Warner moment, the NdP their Micheline Montreuil hypocrisy, and lets get back to basics, shall we? We've already got possibly the best team of potential cabinet ministers ever to hold and run for office in Canadian history.