Monday, February 05, 2007
Baird decides to do the partisanship shuffle
Out of one side of his mouth environment minister John Baird says he wants to put partisanship aside to get a deal done on the environment. Out of the other side of his mouth environment minister John Baird engages in a relentless partisan attack on Stéphane Dion's record on the environment as a previous barrier to getting a deal done on the environment. Isn't that lovely?
Now, bailing Baird out is Dion himself, who has been relentless in his own partisan attacks since the second he became the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
If the Tories do eventually get a deal done with the NDP, all of this will blow up in Stéphane Dion's face. In the end, it's results that matter, and Dion will be painted as someone whose history is about getting in the way of getting something done on the environment. "We didn't get it done."
If a deal doesn't get done on the environment, then it'll be about who's not the worst. Isn't that lovely?
I don't think any of this helps Dion. He's supposed to be a champion for the planet. He's supposed to be about doing something regardless of partisan advantage. Baird's agitations in the other direction only expose both sides for seeking political advantage, which is not the image that Dion has been cultivating for himself.
As always, stay tuned.