Gaping Holes!

It’s hard to go comically wrong when the PMO provides such inviting material like the stated justification of “filling a gaping hole” in the federal cabinet as motivating the recent mini-shuffle… In this case by inserting Peter Kent (not as much fun as it sounds!) and superannuated OPP chief Julian Fantino into the ever-expanding galaxy of brilliant luminaries that is the Harper cabinet.

Am I mistaken, or didn’t this “conservative” party come into office promoting the idea of “small government” and a leaner bureaucracy? Four years later, it now has the dubious distinction of presiding over the largest cabinet and biggest deficits in Canadian history. Go figure.

RMR Rant: CPC Double-Standard

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know in the PMO.

As always, a sense of entitlement, arrogance and hypocrisy inevitably accretes like so much greasy plaque to the arteries of whatever party happens to be in power — it’s almost a force of nature. Why, perhaps before too long, with their phony veneer of hardscrabble, grassroots populism finally stripped bare, we might actually once again be contemptuously referring to pompous, high-falutin’ “conservative elitists” without any sense of irony.

RMR: Turks and Caicos

A classic Rick Mercer rant from several years ago.

I’ve always thought this was a terrific idea. Does anyone know why it’s never been pursued more seriously? Like many I suppose, I’d love to travel to a little piece of Canada in the Caribbean.

Jack Layton’s “Indignation”

Eau Debasement (with just a hint of moustache).

Seems the Tories have come up with a cunning plan to defuse whatever public anger and criticism that may exist over the extended winter recess — they’re canceling March break on Parliament Hill and another week of scheduled for mid-April.

It’s direct challenge to the opposition as any changes to the calendar require consent of all parties.

“We take it for granted that they will agree,” a senior government official told The Globe. “Anything less would be uncivilized.”

Heh. Very clever indeed.

RMR: Prorogation Backlash?

From last night’s show: “Yes, we are apathetic, but the minute anyone tries to use our apathy against us… suddenly we start to care big time.”

I’m not sure if I can agree with that, although it would be nice to be proven wrong. I suspect that Harper won’t pay much of a penalty for having closed down parliament, especially if, as has been suggested, his pending legislation is fast-tracked when it resumes in March.