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.
“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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Friday, July 21, 2006