Friday, July 21, 2006

The faint cry of the professional politician

A local politician is dutifully quoted in the London Free Press as saying that he wants tomorrow's rally at the JLC to be non-political.

“We really want to focus on peace and keep it focused on peace,” said Khalil Ramal, Liberal MPP for London-Fanshawe and one of the organizers of Saturday's event.

“We really don’t want any politics involved.”
Making political demands of the federal government is, of course, the farthest thing in the world from being "political" … as long as its not his government being rallied against.

While the politician shams an apolitical rhetoric, his government is playing preemptory politics itself with the Lebanese evacuation with a little welfare dispensation and rule exemptions:
Ontario’s Citizenship and Immigration ministry announced $200,000 to be split in half — $100,000 to the Red Cross relief efforts for people left in the embattled country, and $100,000 that will go to help Lebanese Canadians who’ve been out of Canada to re-locate, he said.

In a separate announcement, Ontario’s Health Ministry said Canadians returning to Ontario from Lebanon will have immediate access to public health care. Normally people who have been out of the country for more than 12 months have a three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage.
Not that I have any quibble with the latter announcement — rules in a public monopoly have always been inherently arbitrary and subject to change at the least economically necessary or politically desireable whim, but it makes one wonder what rules are for in the first place?

Update: Readers are invited to document the anticipated "non-politicalness" of signs and demonstrations at tomorrow's rally via digital photographs or reports. Submissions will be posted and duly credited.

2 comments:

Honey Pot said...

You know if they really cared about their country, and its welfare, you would think they would be getting on a boat and going over to defend it. If they felt any great love for their country of orgin they would be doing whatever was humanly possible to rid the country of terrorist. You don't hear much from the hyphenate-Canadians in the way of condemnation of the terrorist, do you? Is that perhaps because they support them and their terrorist actions against Israel? I don't know about the rest of you, but if I were living abroad, and Canada was being taken over by terrorist, I would come back, pick up arms to help rid the country of the terrorist.

Such a good message that Harper has sent to the terrorist sympathizers. It must of shocked them to know that Canada will no longer support countries who promote and support terrorism. I think it has much to do with the passport issue between Canada and the USA. Canada knows if it doesn't take a strong stand against terrorism, that our country is going to go tits up without the support of the USA.

Anonymous said...

“We really don’t want any politics involved.” - Khalil Ramal, Liberal MPP for London-Fanshawe and one of the organizers of Saturday's event.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, he, he, ho,ho . . .

Don't wear your red jacket and tie or anything.