Between the artery-splitting incomprehensible invective of Stephane Dion, and the increasingly toxic blasts of Stephen Harper–whose glaring vitriol has him seeing flags where there aren’t any, and not seeing them where they are–it’s Jack Layton who comes across as statesman. Perhaps it’s the prospect of having an actual cabinet position within the newly-minted coalition. Such new territory for him that he hasn’t yet picked up the coinage.
But I’m afraid, even without considering the latest comments of Gilles Duceppe, the coalition is an unsettling idea. Even though it’s not, as Harped on, undemocratic.
At this point, the merciful option may be to prorogue parliament. (Prorogue-hard to enounce without a marble under one’s tongue–but how readily it has slid into our lexicon.)
Yes, proroguing is an obvious gettin’ outta town after sundown–a cut and run, after a colossal Conservative blunder. But Grow Mercy likes to re-story proroguing as sending the lot of them to their room until they find a new narrative for citizens. Remember when government was understood to exist exclusively for it’s citizens?
Now every head bowed, every eye closed, as we pray they emerge to play fair. Amen.