I'm not however, very bent out of shape about the recent appointments. All in due course, I'm sure. Imagine 4 years went by with a majority in the House and the Senate, and no reforms were made. That would be a serious problem wouldn't it?
I'm also one of the people who thinks Harper is a Grand Master of tactical politics. Is there any proof that he isn't? Well you have Andrew Coyne's opinion. Many an evening I've heard Coyne on CBC telling us the opposite. That Harper was a bumbler and his success was just an illusion of luck and a swelling conservative tide.
Coyne also thinks a Carbon Tax is swell, along with putting tolls on public roads to reduce traffic (and impoverished drivers). Don't forget Coyne voted Liberal in the last election and publicly endorsed them.
I think that settles it. I could make a better case for Stephen Harper's very excellent maneuvers since taking over the Canadian Alliance but that is better in another post. Lets take Coyne's negative assertions as proof positive that Stephen Harper is a genius for politics. Senate Reform is 100% politics.
I doubt the government has suddenly lost its political senses. Its just not in character. I believe that the 3 Senate appointments accomplishes 3 important things.
- It pleases the Premiers who don't want Senate Reform.
- It strengthens the Senate Majority.
- It enrages everyone else.
We do demand it too. Charest and some skidded Senators will raise a stink but I don't really care. They can file a grievance with the shop steward.