Tuesday, November 3, 2009


The opposition is being told that questions about problems with the government's H1N1 response are 'politicizing a life and death issue'. Even members of the media are picking up this theme, taking on FoxNews-like deference to the members of Stephen Harper's shadowy cabinet.
I remember one 'life-and-death' issue that was politicized and how that turned out, and it wasn't that long ago.
If you recall, Chalk River was being forced to shut down so that serious repairs and promised but not completed maintenance could be done. The former president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission lost her job because of her position, which didn't wash with Harper's special plans. What argument did Harper and his honchos use to get the opposition online? That the shutdown would cost lives, it would create suffering. The CONs got their way by using fear and dishonesty. Despite numerous red flags at the time in how the government proceeded, how it pitched Linda Keen as a malicious partisan, the opposition bent and gave its consent. How did that turn out? Oh yeah, Chalk River broke down not much later, at which point the government essentially said "It's no big deal -- now we need to privatize."
I wonder why that episode of 'politicizing' an issue isn't being raised in comparison. But then again, I do see a reoccurring trait to all these: when the heat gets hot, Harper leaves it to his underlings to handle. Unlike most leaders of a country, he hasn't even manned up for a vaccination to steady the nation's nerves.
Some leader.

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