"It's just politics" has become the standard response to any and all government scandals or screw-ups from the CPC, Conservative media, and their fluffers on the internet. They say/write it with a sense of finality, fingers planted firmly in ears to show they're not willing to hear any more about Jaffer, prorogation, Afghan detainees, or, most recently, Speaker Milliken. Just politics, not worth discussion.
Prime example today from Persichilli in The Star today. Headline says it all:
Speaker's rulining not historic, just politics
Isn't that a fascinating point of view? That being political and being historic are mutually exclusive? Screw the referenda on Quebec sovereignty, screw Meech Lake, screw women's suffrage, heck, screw Confederation. Politics can't be historic. To be historic, according to Persichilli, you need to be carrying a gun and defending democracy in Afghanistan.
The fact that a politician tries to make political hay out of an issue should never be sneered at. Politicians should not be chastised for playing politics. Opposition politics are a feature of our political system. Because something might benefit the Liberal Party, or the Conservative Party doesn't void whatever real concerns are lying underneath. To the contrary, we expect a healthy opposition to play politics constantly, especially in a minority situation, in order to hold the government to account.
The idea that Conservatives are now using this tired old defence to wish away something as important as the Speaker's ruling on Parliamentary privilege is a shame. The fact that a good many, possibly most, Canadians accept Persichilli's view is just disturbing.
3 weeks ago