Saturday, February 14, 2009

Duffy's Defence

From The Guardian: The comments in Halifax came on the heels of sensational comments at a Conservative meeting in Winsloe last week, and again in the Senate, where he suggested Ghiz may get the “shaft” by getting in bed with the premier of Newfoundland, and that the sight of two politicians in bed was “... a grotesque scene.” According to a reader poll in the same newspaper, seventy five percent of Prince Edward Islanders think that Senator Michael Duffy's comments were unfairly directed at them. This is complete nonsense. If people had read the transcript, available here in hansard, they would understand that the Senator was speaking on their behalf, not against them. You can use all the metaphors you want to; none will matter if you can't understand the substance of what that message is. If success is defined as the realization of a goal, then Sen. Duffy succeeded. He wanted to draw attention to the fact that Premier Robert Ghiz was lending his support to Premier Danny Williams. What's the big deal if other premiers jump on the bandwagon with Danny Williams? None, if they want to get thrown off the wagon and run over by the horses upon their first disagreement with him. In this particular case, Mr. Williams is unhappy about the recent changes to the equalization formula. It was a fine formula back in the days when Newfoundland & Labrador were have not provinces. The agreement of the Mulroney government in 1985 changed that. Our friendly neighbors to the North of us were given rights to the federally owned oil fields so that they may some day develop them and reduce their dependence on the rest of Canada. A proud moment for them indeed, but not good enough for Danny. He wants it all: revenue from off shore oil and revenue from equalization. Perhaps Senator Duffy should have explained it more clearly, that by conceding to Mr. Williams, PEI would be a net loser under the equalization program. Perhaps our usually jovial Senator thought that the 75% of Islanders that accuse him of thinking they're stupid thought that they really were intelligent. Therein lies the true error.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Puffster looked like a jerk with his silly comments. I thought he wanted to raise the level of debate not take into the Sparrowesque dumper.

Anonymous said...

Duffy apologized "to those he offended". Cut him some slack he is an inexperienced new senator. It's not like he is used to the gotcha media tricks.

wilson said...

Senator Duffy made a good point....he's unelected
and Danny can't get him fired from his job.

Go for it Senator,
take on the little tyrant from the East,
give anyone who associates with the loudmouth a hard time!
Start an Anybody But Danny campaign (oh, I think he just did !)
There is NOTHING Danny can do about it, nothing!!
I love Senator Duffy!

Anonymous said...

Cut him some slack... or cut him some cake... or let out his slacks... somehting like that...

Face it - Duffy is not and has never been a very smart guy, and is as partisan a they get - did you not see him on the air for the past couple of years? I woudl thus expect the flow of ill-termpered and inappropriate remarks to continue.

Finally, he is well used to "gotcha" media tricks, as he used them quite a buit himself.

Anonymous said...

This whole thing sounds so much like the old Svend Robinson Hissy-Fits where he would volunteer to be offended and then cry Homophobia
to the media.
The problem with the Militant gays is that they keep looking until they find the slightest inference that may imply a insult and anti-gay slur.

The real crime is the lack of effort by Miller and Chief Blair to stop the naked males during the pride parade that commit acts of pedophilia and child-abuse by flaunting their penis to little boys as the Police allow it and provide security to stop those opposed to the child-abuse.