“This is not an invasion or an occupation.This is going to help people.”
Interim Liberal leader Bill Graham twists himself in knots to explain why his party is supporting the Tories on troops in Afghanistan while other Grit MPs are raising serious doubts.
Tory goes squirrelly
Research into the sex lives of flying squirrels is nothing to joke about, as sorry Tory leader John Tory did last week, presumably to highlight the Grits' weird spending ways. It's apparently a little difficult for Tory to get his head around the concept that the behaviour of any one species provides important clues about everything else that's going on in nature. In the case of flying squirrels, the underground fungi they eat and how the resulting poop they scatter replenishes soil nutrients is crucial to understanding our forests. You do want healthy forests, don't you, John?
Goossen’s goose cooked?
The race to replace former city councillor (now NDP MP) Olivia Chow in Trinity-Spadina has taken a bizarre turn. Local Chinese-Canadian community fave Tam Goossen, a former school trustee and current president of the Social Planning Council, has been snubbed by long-time friend Chow (at least we thought they were friends), who's throwing her support behind former constituency assistant Helen Kennedy. Certainly, Chow's glowing endorsement -- "Helen knows her way around our ward better than anybody" -- comes as a bit of a slap to Goossen, whose own backers include NDP area MPP Rosario Marchese. Hmm. Muy curiosio.
Harper gags ’em
We always knew Harper was a control freak -- it's the cause of his legendary anger management problems. But his order that all government communications, from speeches to letters to the editor, be cleared by his office smacks of paranoia. So much for all that supposed diversity of opinion in the Tory party that he's so fond of reminding us of. And this is the same cat who wants Parliament to start thinking outside the partisan box?
Meanwhile, across town in Toronto-Danforth, where a provincial by-election's going on, controversy over Grit plans to put a power plant on the waterfront has reached the boiling point. Now, Grit candidate Ben Chin is circulating flyers claiming that an alternative greener proposal favoured by NDP rival Peter Tabuns is "backed by a big American utility that wants the site for free." Talk about a flip-flop. Chin originally favoured that plan, too -- until Grit energy minister Donna Cansfield decided to put the fix in for competitors Ontario Power Generation and TransCanada Corp. Scandalous.