Gomery releases report

11.01.05

Justice John Gomery released his first report today on the inquiry into the sponsorship scandal. Here is a link to the report in its entirety.

So now what?

We all pretty much knew what it was going to say. If anything, the report was soft on Martin, putting most of the blame on Chretien and allowing Martin to escape relatively unscathed (though with serious questions as to how competent a finance minister who knew nothing about his government’s finances is at running a country).

Martin repeated his pledge to call an election within 30 days of receiving the final report. The Bloc wants to bring down the government right now, though that may have more to do with fuelling separatist fire in Quebec than with the actual governing of Canada. Whether now or later, an election is almost certain to yield increased Bloc support, similar Tory and NDP votes, and another Liberal minority government. In other words, something pretty close to today’s status quo.

Because the fact remains that no matter how badly the Liberals screw up, no matter how much money they steal from the electorate, there is no alternative. Nobody east of Saskatchewan believes that Harper’s the man for the job… the NDP will remain (thankfully) on the fringe, and the Bloc is a Quebec-only party that can sweep here and still never govern.

Want to break the logjam? De-unite the right. The Liberals look central because the NDP attracts the fringe left. Form a fringe-right party to house all the kooks, and suddenly we might have an electable Conservative party… if they can get off their holy crusades about gay marriage long enough to take the pulse of the nation and actually come up with a reasonable platform.

Until then, the Gomery report will fuel voter frustration and will increase support in Quebec for sovereignty while tying the Federal Government’s hands in a future referendum campaign. But it won’t ultimately have much effect on who leads the nation. Paul Martin could break into all of our houses in person and cart off our furniture; he’d still get elected until such time as a viable alternative exists.

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1 DaninVan 11.02.05 at 8:28 AM

If he waits for the ‘Final’report I’ll be too old to care.

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2 John Palubiski 11.02.05 at 6:42 PM

I can see where you’re coming from, Sari, but (perhaps you’re too young) we spent nine years under a mainstream majority conservative régime and the final result was very akin to Gomery.

What we need is a pan-canadian political party with other power bases OUTSIDE Québec.

Every single gov’t since the 60’s has had its roots and has drawn its leaders from inside this province.

Except, of course, for the breif stint by that “Joe” fella.

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