CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
|Monday, May 10, 2004||
Slaying the Democratic Deficit
|The day after he won the Saskatchewan election in June 1944, Tommy Douglas declared
all elections thereafter would take place on a fixed date, the second Tuesday
in June of every 4th year. After winning the Prime Ministership in December 2003,
the Earnscliffe Group scripted a Junior speech. The Earnscliffe/Junior speech
vowed to “demolish the democratic deficit” in Canadian politics. In
his 16 years as Premier, Tommy Douglas consistently kept his word. In the 41/2
months following Junior’s ascension to the Prime Ministership, Earnscliffe
has consistently broken its word.
When the Parliamentary Adscam Committee got too close to home, Earnscliffe shut it down.
Calgarians hate Sheila Copps but Hamiltonians love their termagant MP. Copps opposed Earnscliffe’s Martin leadership bid. In March, Martin’s troops stacked Copps Hamilton nomination meeting and replaced her with Earnscliffe Godfather Tony Valenti.
Chinese Canadians Tony Kuo and Tony Lee worked for years building up support for their Liberal candidacies in the B.C. riding of Burnaby Douglas. Kuo and Lee filed their nomination papers in February. The Earnscliffe Guys ignored the papers and the papers have never been approved. After Burnaby Douglas NDP MP Svend Robinson pocketed a $50,000 wedding ring a week ago Saturday and fessed up after being caught, the shiny shoes from Earnscliffe cancelled a democratic nomination meeting, appointed fat cat Earnscliffe Co-conspirator Bill Cunnigham their Burnaby Douglas Liberal candidate - left Kuo and Lee swinging in the wind. In a TV appearance candidate Kuo broke into tears.
Fridhandler Mishandles Calgary
Earnscliffe Alberta boss Daryl Fridhandler is a stamp collector. A politician he is not. In Calgary South Centre, feisty little Liberal lawyer Julia Turnbull worked for two years building up her Liberal candidacy, signed up 1,400 new party member supporters, spent tens of thousands of dollars of her own money. Boss Fridhandler announced that the party would appoint former Police Chief Christine Silverberg Liberal candidate in South Centre – Earnscliffe thought Silverberg had a “high profile”. Turnbull would have none of it – she raised Hell. The guys from Earnscliffe promised Turnbull a $300,000 a year judicial appointment if she’d withdraw from the race. “No sir,” said Turnbull. “I want to be an MP (Cheeky Julie will never be a Liberal cabinet minister – that’s for sure)!" Protesters and defectors angrily deluged Fridhandler’s phone – seriously interrupting his stamp collecting activities. Silverberg, a collector not of stamps but of political allies and infinitely more politically savvy than Fridhandler, had not publicly committed to running and it was not difficult for her to back out. She did so. “I love the Law more the Politics,” said she (that’s a stretch says one who has observed Silverberg in action). It was now obvious that Turnbull would win her nomination hands down. So why not let her nomination meeting proceed smoothly. Not the Earnscliffe Guys – they refused to allow Calgarians to nominate Turnbull their candidate – they had to show Calgarians that Earnscliffe was boss so they appointed Turnbull by dictate – in the end Calgarians did not nominate her at a democratically constituted nomination meeting. How dumb can you get Guys? And Daryl, go back to collecting stamps – stamps don’t talk back.
Fixed Terms a la Tommy Douglas
Why didn’t the Earnscliffe Guys follow the Tommy Douglas Doctrine? Why did they not, last December, script a Junior speech reading: “My Fellow Canadians. I’m mad as Hell etc. etc ….. I’m going to demolish the democratic deficit. I’m announcing right here and now that our next election will take place March 1, 2004. Thereafter, elections will take place every four years on the first Monday in March ….. Period.”
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