Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
No he didn't muzzle his MP. His MP just shot his mouth off without having all the intel and being briefed on the issue.
As Mulcair himself did after Bin Laden was killed.
Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo
Now seeing Dewar is my MP, though, I guess from where I'm sitting it's a shot against the NDP. But if you're sitting in Mulcair's riding, it might be a different matter.
He's my MP too. Not my favourite MP though. I did not vote for him during the leadership race.
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing
Before Harper was in government, there were always Conservative backbenchers speaking off on one thing or the other. The Conservatives were eaten alive by the press for it. He put the muzzle on them and he got elected (coincidence?). The NDP has learned the first lesson about what happens when you don't muzzle backbenchers. Sooner or later, the lesson will sink in and they too will muzzle.
In today's feeding frenzy of sound bytes and sloppy journalism, the saying loose lips sink ships is very true. Not an ideal world but the one we live in.
Indeed. What Conservative/Reform/Alliance backbenchers did before they formed a government was nice. Allowing MPs to have their own opinions and vote how they saw fit was one of the few things I liked about the Reform party. Its unfortunate that Harper totally reversed that policy.
I dont blame the MP who left the NDP caucus after being muzzled by the leadership. Now he has the freedom to vote as he sees fit and say what he likes as an independent. In some ways I envy his constituents. They can now influence how he votes whereas most of the rest of us - not so much. It isnt really anything new. Jack Layton did it as well. Whipping the vote over the gun registry was a stupid move. A fair number of NDP MPs promised their constituents they would vote in favour of scraping it...well, till they were whipped. Personally I think they should have kept their promise to their constituents. They should come before the party.
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave
Life would be simpler if politicians would state clearly if what they are saying is personal feelings or party policy.
I like that idea. I imagine the leaders still wouldnt though. The media would still try to tie personal opinions to the official party position.
Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
When will people realize they are either all Liars or they are all GD liars.
Call me naive if you wish but I dont think all of them are. Sure, there's a ton of them but there are also some who are pretty honest. Though if we are constantly electing liars I guess its our own fault for putting them there.