"Did they have telephone conversations in front of the cameras?" former NDP leader ED Broadbent sarcastically asked.
I agree with the NDP, where is the transparency, why not have all this unfold in front of the cameras? When will Layton release the tapes of his phone conversations with Stephen Harper? When can we get a transcript of the discussion over sending the Clean Air Act to committee? I mean, the NDP is above such dastardly conduct, surely they wouldn't mind if Canadians had a front seat to any "discussions" with Harper.
I'm not mincing words here. There is no question in my mind that Layton has met with Harper and the Liberals have come up in the conversation. All you have to do is listen to the Harper and Layton rhetoric. Harper has continually tried to frame the NDP as constructive, the Liberals divisive and unhelpful. Given what we know of Harper's hyper-politicism, I submit only a complete fool, would take that assessment at face value. Clearly, the distinction is intentional, and when you couple that reality with Layton's early performance in Parliament, wherein he seemed to forget who the government was, you see the transparency.
I want to ask Jack Layton, have the Liberals ever come up in your conversations with Stephen Harper? Was there any talk between yourself and the Conservatives to undermine the Liberal Party, for your mutual benefit? It seems obvious from here, and that is why the last election was the last time I will ever cast a vote for the Layton-led NDP. The bottom line, these two weren't even very good at hiding their mutual intention, it was almost embarrassing on certain occasions. Two parties, who couldn't be farther apart on the political spectrum, enjoy a respect for each other, yet the one party that sits between them is the common foe. You do the math.
I want something done on the environment. I believe the revised Clean Air Act is excellent legislation. If there is any hope of those policies being developed, then the obstacle is clearly the Conservatives. With that reality in mind, any effort to come together to turf the Conservatives is welcome news, if you are pure in wanting action. Yes, the NDP did an great job getting the legislation to committee, and their role in that committee was paramount. However, small problem, until we have a government that favours the policies, the revised act is a practical mirage. The question then becomes, how to we get something done, that is real and progressive?
If May makes the call, you answer it. You don't ignore, you don't rebuff without hearing May out, you listen and see. If you conclude there is no commonality, then fine, but to put up walls and resist initially seems like pure partisan crap from here. I don't care about the past, I don't care what the Liberals didn't do anymore, I care about moving forward. One harsh fact, the NDP reactions confirm one problem, "getting things done" only seems to apply if it shines the light brightly on the anointed ones. Somewhere Stephen Harper laughs, as old tribal lines prevent a big picture approach- enjoy the purity.