“You don’t get four hours of the secretary of state’s time even if you’re the Queen of England. ”
Anonymous U.S. official on the unusually long, uh, face time foreign affairs weenie Peter MacKay got with Condi Rice this week, which has the press corps all atwitter. Eeew.
Watson gets weird
Sylvia Watson, the Grits' flag-bearer in today's Parkdale-High Park by-election, has become unhinged. E-mails smearing main NDP rival Cheri DiNovo. Press releases taking the radical reverend's sermons out of context to make her look like a symp for schoolgirl-killer Karla Homolka. Naked ambition can make one do screwy things. But no amount of mudslinging can cover up the McGuilty Liberals' sorry-ass record. The Grits are so desperate that they've brought in leadership dopeful and former NDP thingy Bob Rae to steady the sinking ship. Embarrassing.
Getting Jane’s Gardiner up
The mayor's handlers must be having a good laugh watching would-be challenger Jane Pitfield twist herself into knots and sink in public opinion polls at the same time. But her rant this week about David Miller keeping a Waterfront Revitalization Corp. report on tearing down the Gardiner Expressway under wraps to stop it from becoming an election issue must be a joke. With few exceptions, the only locals who don't want the concrete barrier to the waterfront obliterated are 905 commuters. And they don't vote in Toronto, Jane.
Running on empties
We thought the Liberals' plan to have the Beer Store collect empty wine and liquor containers was a good idea. But the union representing LCBO workers says liquor stores should be doing the collecting. CUPE head Leah Casselman says the LCBO, the largest buyer of booze in the world, has a closer business relationship with its suppliers. A lot of people who shop at LCBOs never go near the Beer Store. "Planned inconvenience guarantees a system that will function poorly," she says. We'll drink to that.
We're not going to say that the PM's 9/11 address, complete with relatives of some of the victims seated behind him, was purely political. With support plummeting for Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, that's just too obvious. But when you have the minister of defence saying only days earlier that the Taliban can't be brought to heel militarily, what are we to make of this "sacrifice" Harp has asked our soldiers to make in the name of fighting terrorism?