CFN – I like Bob Rae a lot. I think he’s a skilled politician and a great speaker. I think he’s a good man too, and I know from personal experience that he’s willing to listen to people as he’s granted me a few interviews over the last three years.
Today in a great political move of theatre he filibustered his 31 Liberal MP’s out of Parliament over the Unilingual choice of Michael Ferguson as the new Auditor-General of Canada. Not because of he wasn’t capable (I’m not stating that he is), but because Mr. Ferguson isn’t bilingual.
I’m reading Pierre Trudeau’s book, Memoirs. It’s a fascinating read by a fascinating man that changed Canadian politics. I liked a lot of what PET stood for, but his dream of a bilingual Canada was not one I agree with in the way it’s been implemented.
I think we need the best people for the job no matter what. I think that French and English Canadians should be served in their language right across this country. Communism too in theory was terrific, but in practice its been slightly worse than our official bilingualism policy.
We’re at the point where there are suggestions that Supreme Court justices have to be bilingual. A factor yes, but a requirement?
Mr. Rae is a great communicator. He’s a great politician. If the NDP don’t get totally strange and implode I have a hunch he’ll be a key in uniting the Centre before Mr. Harper changes our National anthem to the theme from the Sound of Music with John Baird singing lead instead of Julie Andrews.
In the meanwhile maybe it’s time that Canadians think about how we manifest our bilingual destiny and how we implement it across Canada?