Carolyn Parrish for Prime Minister!
by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,
October 19, 2004
Parrish is at it again. No, the Liberal Party's designated America-basher has
not come out with another tirade of childish anti-American name-calling. This
time the parriah has turned her sights on someone closer to home--her leader,
Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Mississauga Ontario MP doesn't want to see the House of Commons vote on the
issue of whether or not Canada should join the United States in their missile
defence system. According to Parrish, Paul Martin has "rigged" the vote in the
Commons by forcing "brown-nosing" Liberal MPs to vote in favour of joining the
United States in its defence program.
little girl is growing up. It's nice to finally see that after all these years,
Carolyn Parrish has finally figured out the way Ottawa and the Liberal Party
works. It seems she never paid attention to the autocratic way in which former
PM Jean Chrétien controlled his caucus. With Chrétien supporting her
anti-Americanism in the background, she can be forgiven for not being critical
of Da Boss over his control of the party's backbenchers that Trudeau correctly
described as "nobodies". But now that Flat Paul is at the helm, she makes
accusations of "vote rigging" against Martin for doing what comes naturally to
this minority government, the vote, if one is in fact held, will be close. The
Conservatives, although they are not especially good at making their positions
clear, are generally thought to be in favour of cooperating with the U.S. on
the issue of missile defence. The Bloc and the NDP, who find all things
military extremely distasteful, are opposed. There are members of the Liberal
Party on both sides of the issue and how their vote breaks down will determine
accusations against the Prime Minister say more about Paul Martin than they do
about Parrish. Parrish says things much in the same way a child entering those
terrible twos does; because she knows she can get away with it. Her first burst
upon the international scene occurred shortly before the war against Iraq when
a boom microphone overheard her saying, "Damn Americans – I hate those
bastards". Chrétien, who was not above a little Bush-bashing himself, remained
silent. After Paul Martin assumed office with his promise that was formalized
in the Throne Speech, to improve Canada/U.S. relations, Parrish referred to the
United States as "the coalition of idiots". At first, Martin excused her by
saying that the debate on missile defense was very emotional. The PM then asked
that Parrish apologize; an apology that never came and that by now, even Martin
has probably figured out will never come.
refusal to apologize for her remarks shows that in the Liberal Party family,
she wears the pants. Part of the reason that she is free to disobey or
otherwise make derogatory comments about her leader is that Martin is too
afraid of losing his minority government. It would be a tad disheartening, not
to mention career-ending, if the government was defeated by one vote in some
future confidence motion and Parrish voted against the government. And the way
the present Parliament is made up, a one vote margin is a real possibility.
there is another reason why Parrish will end up besting the PM. Paul Martin
simply lacks what it takes to be a real leader. He appears to be sincere in his
desire to end the type of comments that emanate from the left wing members of
his party who cannot feel good about themselves or their country unless they are
trashing the United States. But he lacks the intestinal fortitude to control
mavericks in his caucus like Carolyn Parrish. And now, being emboldened for
never having to say she's sorry, Parrish is free to criticize Martin, even to
the extent of accusing him of rigging Parliamentary votes. It's getting more
and more difficult to determine who the leader is and who the backbencher is.
Martin is also too timid to risk upsetting the large numbers of ethnic voters
in Mississauga-Erindale, who love Parrish for her anti-Americanism. In
contrast, Jean Chrétien would have shown Parrish who da boss was. If she had
defied and made accusations against Chrétien like she has against Martin, he
would have booted her from the Liberal Party. He would have let her constituents
get angry. Then right before the next election, the only time that matters, he
would have dumped millions of bucks into the riding and bought them all back.
Unfortunately, Martin lacks the guts and the political skills to keep Parrish
in her place.
Liberals should just make Carolyn Parrish the prime minister. She will then be
able to formally call the shots.
Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Canada Free Press. His work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Men's News Daily, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck and The Rant. Arthur can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org