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Bill Graham and Child Care

February 28th, 2006

Rules of punditry

Rule #1: Ask yourself why.

When I see something like this, I ask myself, why is he saying what he is saying? Is he serious, or bluffing?

The federal Liberals warn that their first big fight with the Stephen Harper Conservatives will be over child care.

Liberal finance critic John McCallum says the issue will be a key battleground when the Commons resumes sitting April 3…

Opposition Leader Bill Graham says he’’s hoping the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democrats will join with the Liberals in rejecting the Tory day care plan.

So the Liberal’s, according to Bill Graham, want to bring down the Tories on what is looking to be the first major issue of the new parliament. Which leads us to rule #2:

Know the background that the story isn’t telling us. This helps explain the why. And the would they. Leaving aside all those oh so 2005 arguments – “we just had an election, and the voters would punish anybody who brings us an unnecessary election &tc.” – why, and would the Liberal’s do this?

The Liberal’s are leaderless, divided, apparently broke, just lost an election and now say they will force another one on what was a major issue in the campaign. So either one or more of the above statements are patently incorrect, Bill Graham is blowing smoke, or Bill Graham is a bigger fool than I take him for.

There is one more possibility: I’m tempted to think it’s a play to sneak a new leader in the back door without a convention. It’s a tempting line of argument, and could be fun to chase; some pure Machiavelli is always fun. But I really don’t believe the Liberals have the money to have another go round. So stories like this one are probably better ignored.

Just like I’m ignoring it now.


  1. Sara
    March 1st, 2006 at 15:07 | #1

    Liberals lost because they didn’t listen to Canadians, they are just doing what they normally do. Ignoring the voice of Canadian parents.

    We’ve tried for 30 years to get them to hear but they don’t care. Sad but true

  2. Brian
    March 1st, 2006 at 16:47 | #2

    I think Child Care was a much bigger issue in this election that the Liberal’s realized. And the Liberal idea of “we will look after you” turned off a lot of people.

    Give them their credit though, they sure don’t lose with dignity and grace.

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