It’s a political world, it’s a complicated world.
One tin soldier
In Lieutenant?General Walter Natynczyk the Tories have a new chief of defence staff with a rare pedigree: experience on the battlefield with U.S. forces in Iraq. What the feds were doing deploying our second in command (Natynczyk was vice-?chief of defence) to a war we’re not supposed to be a part of is a bit of a mystery. If anything, Natynczyk’s appointment – he served as deputy director of strategy in Iraq – suggests the feds are readying the Canadian Forces for a renewed push in Afghanistan, just as a report to cabinet suggests things are about to get hairier. And that usually means more body bags.
Tories jonesing for votes
One week federal Health Minister Tony Clement is opposing safe injection sites in BC, the next he’s giving them tacit approval in Quebec. Talk about jonesing for votes. The Tories’ addiction to power is coming off like a bad Cheech and Chong skit on heroin.
TTC’s pot shot
TTC management has a curious idea of damage control. A day after a driver was charged with drunk driving, an unnamed official leaks to the Globe and Mail that a maintenance worker killed in a subway accident in April 2007 was allegedly high on pot. All of a sudden, TTC chair Adam Giambrone is hinting broadly about long ago discredited drug testing. Adam, take a pill.
The Tories, masters of the attack ad, have lost gas with their latest attempt to hose Grit dud Stéphane Dion over his carbon tax plan. The company contracted to air the ads on video screens at gas pumps now says they’re too political and is pulling the plug. But what are Tory spinmeisters thinking? Canadians dishing $1.40 a litre for gas are more likely to be pissed at the feds and their fat oil friends out west than at a carbon tax plan that hasn’t been released and may never be.