2 days – Census Media Roundup

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Don Martin comments on Harper’s decision on the census included in the following article. August 12.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/08/12/don-martin-the-return-of-jack-layton/

“Mr. Harper’s decision and its false justification has tarnished a once-capable minister so badly that Tony Clement would, if he had an ounce of self-respect, resign from cabinet. Mr. Clement should’ve done what former Industry Minister Jim Prentice did when he was asked to consider ending the mandatory filing of the detailed census form several years ago. He told the idea’s proponents to shove it.

This is not a singular vote-changing issue, of course, but when added to other odd moves has redefined this pragmatic Prime Minister as prickly, ruthless and needlessly ideological.

No wonder Conservatives can’t wait for this summer to end. It’s been a non-stop series of bad decisions complicated by worse communications to appease a hard-right support base with nowhere else to go.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/08/12/don-martin-the-return-of-jack-layton/#ixzz0wRUkOJyd