Why do you persist in thinking that it matters who is in office?
David Warren writes:
The perpetrators of this hateful deed — presenting an abortionist as a model for “humanism” and as a champion of women — knew perfectly well what they were doing. As I had learned even before the event, protocol had been breached in making the appointment. There was no consensus on the appointment committee; the chair, Chief Justice McLachlin, had failed to recuse herself. It was done deceitfully, after the Governor-General’s office had assured outraged callers last February that Morgentaler would not be on the list this year.
And last weekend, as the rumour spread, a fresh round of outraged callers were being mocked — given the phone number of Campaign Life Coalition by the Rideau Hall switchboard.
The announcement was then delayed — another irregularity — until after the Parliament Hill celebrations, to prevent a large pro-life demonstration from coalescing there. And, instead of denouncing the appointment, our cynical prime minister had “talking points” distributed to his caucus before the fact.
A very dark thing was done, as such things are always done — in a very dark way.
Yet I think it may be for the best, in a longer view of things.
We might often grumble that the “ruling class” in Canada — the smug, self-serving, “progressive” political, legal, academic, and media elites, including that prime example in Rideau Hall — belong to some other world than the one from which they suck taxes. But seldom is there an event so stark, that we see them as they are. The Morgentaler award revealed that to so many Canadians.