Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bob Rae flexes his muscle: Iggy backs down

Why did Bob Rae release his public position after Michael Ignatieff  made a final decision in public?

Quebec smackdown

L. Ian Macdonald, National Post : Friday, September 25, 2009

Now Bob Rae, Iggy's lifelong friend and erstwhile leadership rival, has jumped into the fray, saying "room must be found" for Cauchon. "Martin Cauchon was an outstanding minister of justice and has been a fighter for Liberal values all his political life," Rae told Joan Bryden of The Canadian Press, who has the Liberal caucus wired for sound.

That's not exactly a stirring endorsement -- especially the part about Liberal values, since it is coming from Rae, who spent most of his political life in the NDP.

Besides, now you have a member from Toronto telling the party who should be a candidate in Quebec. Uh, Bob, that's not your call as an MP. It's the leader's call. And the party in Quebec won't appreciate a guy from Ontario telling it how to run its affairs.

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A turtle balanced on top of a fence post

While suturing a laceration on the hand of a 70-year-old rancher (whose hand had caught in a gate while working cattle), a doctor and the old man were talking about Michael Ignatieff being the  leader of the Liberal Party.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Ignatieff is a 'post turtle'."

Not knowing what the old man meant, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old man said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain, "You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just want to help the poor stupid guy get down."

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