I know I've been writing a fair bit about this nation fiasco-in-the-making, and normally I'd be one to say enough's enough once I'd reached three posts in a week on any subject, regardless of how much it got under my skin. That in mind, I'll try to keep myself from ranting, and merely direct your collective attention to the sharper arguments of Michael Bliss and Andrew Coyne. (See also Coyne's remarks on what I called the Empsonian wet-dream of this lunacy.) Both are right, though both will surely be decried in most political quarters for being hysterics. Except. Except, except, except--- it seems there's finally one major, or potentially major, political figure coming out against this, and in doing so he's making himself, well, a lot more major--- er, generally speaking. My guess? In doing so, Kennedy will gain enough support to vault him past Dion and Rae at the Liberal Leadership Convention. This is a wedge issue of huge proportions, and Kennedy's position as the lone opponent of this silliness seems already to be garnering him support from people previously indifferent and even hostile to him. This is an issue significant enough to make Liberals vote on it rather than a leader per se, and Kennedy's (rightly) about to reap the rewards of it. No sooner do I write him off than he seems to come back with a vengeance. Expect him to start making appearances in red and white tights with a Canadian flag hanging from his shoulders. *shudder*
One more thing. As much as I love the idea of Gilles Duceppe having his ass handed him by the PM, I'm not so set on my plate of schadenfreude that we should support this farce. Many are claiming this motion demonstrates canniness on the PM's part, and maybe it does; but if so it demonstrates a canniness only in terms of the short-term political results. The real problems will come in the long-term, as we try to figure out what the hell this language commits us to, and what it might, and likely will, eventually invite.
There. Now, I promise: Not a word more about this aggravating silliness. After all, I'll need to pick up some aspirin before the real headaches begin.