March 5, 2008

Chuck Cadman & The Cads

Ooooooooooh. Just when you start to think nothing good ever happens in Canada, we get our own little parliamentary kerfuffle going on. Stephane Dion is talking tough to Stephen Harper - and Mr. Harper is appearing pestered. Well, I'm guessing here. His facial expressions run the gamut from sour to sour, so it's hard to tell. But there are some mighty big accusations being flung around, and while it's enjoyable to see Dion pull himself up to full height and speak above a whisper, I'm thinking he may want to see if he's packing a six-shooter or a pea shooter before he goes much further.

Here's the thing: I believe the Cadman family. I believe as their husband and father was dying, he held a precious ruby that some of the skankiest people in this country wanted - politicians. As Cadman himself was a politican, albeit a maverick one, he knew exactly what that ruby was worth. Cadman was reportedly outraged at the offer of a $1 million dollar insurance policy. I think he was probably just as outraged someone from the PMO would believe he was stupid enough to think there could be such a thing as a new life insurance policy for a dying man. Everyone knows so many things make you ineligible for life insurance, it's beyond a stretch to think someone with terminal cancer could be given such a thing.

But who knew what, and when? Haven't we been here before, like a million times? When is a bribe not a bribe? Does that depend on what 'is', is? If you're gonna get in a conversation with people fluent in weasel-speak, you better have your tees crossed. And your fingers.

Harper et al had better be careful in who they call a liar here. I don't get the feeling that many of us are going to vote against Team Cadman, and the Conservatives best choose their words carefully. Likewise, Dion is starting to look blustery - like the kid in the debate who dropped his notes on the way in. Doesn't mean he's wrong, but in politics, optics are everything and he's making more than a few people wince.

Chuck Cadman truly was a man with nothing left to lose. And knowing that, he voted as his moral code led him. Perhaps that's the message that's getting lost in all this posturing. Maybe we should ignore Harper and Dion and listen to Cadman.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The part of this debaucle that I found funny was when Cadman's widow says she believed Stephen Harper - she could tell he was being honest from the look in his eyes. Is she nuts? Everyone knows Stephen Harper has dead eyes. Watch how Air Farce parodies this man, er, machine.


March 05, 2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Stephan Dion to take the backpack off and..oh never mind. Business as usual you know when politicians lie, when their lips move.
Another favorite from Max Beerbhom
"Hello," he lied. I think of Mulroney every time I hear that one.

March 05, 2008 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with both comments but I question what insurance company would underwrite the policy when they know Cadman was terminally ill? I'll give you a hint, the taxpayer. Someone mention liars? There was no insurance policy there only called that.

March 05, 2008 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh there probably was an insurance policy only it contained a pre-existing condition clause that someone forgot to check. Besides, the guy would be dead by the time the pay-off would be expected and coverage would be declined. Oh, sorry, Mrs. Cadman, we made a boo-boo.

March 06, 2008 10:59 AM  

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