Everyday, the last member statement, prior to the beginning of Question Period, Pierre Poilievre stands and offers some childish cheapshot at the Liberal leader, part of some half baked strategy to get Dion "off his game" prior to his question. I must say, I watched with great delight today, as the arrogant "ankle bitter" rose to his feet, not to spew his usual nonsense, but to sheepishly apologize for exposing his true self.
As far as apologizes go, Pierre's was certainly wanting, real sincerity in short supply. The fact Pierre was forced to pull a "Lukwski" speaks to the seriousness of his remarks. The fact the government found it necessary to re-arrange the MP seating arrangement, putting Indian Affairs Minister Strahl and aborginal MP Rod Bruinooge beside Pierre as he apologized, is another indication of damage control. It all rang hollow, a little too scripted, Pierre trying hard to sound contrite, but it was more feeling bad over a "promising" career derailed.
The Liberals are demanding Pierre resign:
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre must be removed as Parliamentary Secretary for the intolerant comments he made yesterday only hours before the government made its official apology for the legacy of the residential school tragedy, Liberal Indian Affairs Critic Anita Neville said today.
“Not only did the Parliamentary Secretary taint the day with his comments, but he has yet to apologize,” said Ms. Neville. “Mr. Poilievre’s comments show complete disrespect. How can a Member of Parliament resort to such shameful stereotyping? The sincerity of the Prime Minister’s apology will be tested by his response to Mr. Poilievre’s ill-judged words.”
The real issue here is obviously what Pierre said, so take my disgust as a given. However, isn't it just wonderful to see the annoying turd squirm, his arrogant smirk evaporated? Lately, it's been Pierre, Pierre, Pierre, as Harper obviously miscalculated that this was the type of individual who deserved considerable face time for the government. As predicted, Pierre has turned into a liability, any objective observer could see a trainwreck in the making. I'll miss Pierre, in this sense, he was a terrible advocate for the government, hardly a persuasive defender, I felt comfortable that my impressions of him went beyond my own bias. Whatever Pierre's role moving forward, at the very least, the cocky poodle has been neutered, the smug know it all tainted, forever remembered as the "lazy indian" guy. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.