Recent events in the world of federal politics leave us wondering whether we in the North are cursed or truly blessed.
With the results of not one but two federal nomination elections being appealed the accompanying convoluted democratic gymnastics have been entertaining to say the least – but at what cost?
Surely at this point even the results of the Conservative party’s re-vote can already be questioned.
While we can’t be exactly sure how the party, in its wisdom, went from four polling places in the first vote to just two in the second, it is surely a step backwards for the democratic process. If it is indeed a product of the sense of urgency to get the re-vote done before an election call the axiom haste makes waste seems appropriate.
In the Liberal camp things haven’t been any better. Months ago controversy raged over what was characterized as a ‘hijacking’ of their riding association elections. Caught up in that controversy was Gurbux Saini who is now, through no fault of his own, a central figure in the appeal of the Liberal nomination election results.
If voters were jaded and apathetic before, what effect must these recent political gymnastics have on an already bewildered electorate?
But without these comedic antics, or tragedies depending on your perspective, where would we be?
About all we’d have left for entertainment is the sponsorship scandal hearings and accusations of porkbarrelling in pre-election spending. While the NDP and the new Conservative parties align to lament Paul Martin’s spending spree, they cite items such as $150 K for a symphony and an archaeological dig and $400 K for a festival in the Maritimes, we’ve got to hope that most of the people, most of the time know that the thing that the NDP and the Conservative really don’t like is that they aren’t in a position to shore up support with some big checks.