Thursday, November 29, 2012

Charlie McCarthyism

From the Hill Times Online - Nov. 29, 2012:

"Conservative MPs have pushed through an unprecedented motion at the Commons Natural Resources Committee calling Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau for a grilling over political comments he made two years ago alleging a negative Alberta influence over federal, social, and democratic policies through Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government.
The Conservative motion also called Liberal MP David McGuinty (Ottawa South, Ont.) to appear, at a date that has not yet been scheduled, and explain critical comments he made to journalists about the political positions of Alberta MPs and their approach to national government."

My question is, what committee will Stephen Harper appear before to explain this regional howler?

"You have to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada; people who live in ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society." 

Or for that matter, any of the many in this 474-page binder of Harper clunkers prepared by the Conservative Party to be ready to defend some of his more offensive public statements.

Natural Resources (!?!) may be the appropriate committee for this outrageous bit of vintage Conservative McCarthyism, since the committee members' heads are clearly made out of wood.

As Twitterer @myinwit wrote, The Conservatives have effectively created the "House Committee on Un-Albertan Activities".

I'm sure it will be a big hit with the Quebec voters in the next general election.