Been watching the media feeding frenzy over Nycole Turmel’s former membership in the Bloc Quebecois with interest.
Turmel, who is now the interim leader of the federal NDP, admits that she had a membership in the Bloc Quebecois before she joined the NDP. It’s a slow news cycle in Ottawa these days so Turmel’s previous membership in the BQ has become a cause célèbre in the offices without air conditioning.
Both Stephen Harper and Bob Rae have weighed in on the news, offering sage opinions about how effective a leader she can be with that sort of past.
As Jane Taber points out in the Globe & Mail, Stephen Harper was a young Liberal in high school, has been a Reformer, a Canadian Alliance member and a Progressive Conservative; Bob Rae was an NDPer; Elizabeth May had a membership in both the NDP and the Liberal Party.
Gawd, that means by the current standard that Harper and Rae are presenting that NONE OF THEM are fit for leadership.
Elizabeth May is the only federal leader who is saying, hold on here … it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black ass. But it’s the Ottawa way.
Especially since Harper and his band of tory evangelicals have taken over.
I was naïve to think that Bob Rae had a little more ethical depth.