Monday, November 21, 2011

On rare independence

Yes, there's some good news in the revelation that some Con MPs are asking questions about their party's insistence on supporting and subsidizing asbestos exports. But let's not minimize the issue as a story of "internal Con rift!!!" which will only push Harper and his message control machine to clamp down.

Instead, the real story is that because of a rightful concern about official party positioning, at least a few Con MPs are taking tentative steps toward doing their jobs as representatives of their constituents. And we should encourage them both to do those jobs better by looking to more than just the asbestos industry for answers - and to start fulfilling their duties more often without being met with a "gotcha!".

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