27 January 2005

If Efford is an obstacle, Loyola, what would Crosbie be?

Check out Paul Wells' blog today - Inkless Wells.

He summarizes John Crosbie's position on the Atlantic Accord from 15 years ago. Surprisingly, Mr. Crosbie viewed the whole affair differently when he was the Mulroney government's chief representative in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Here's how the whole blog posting winds up, beginning with a quote from Crosbie:

""It's a mean-spirited, politically inspired attempt to regurgitate. They can't have this deal and then try to vomit the deal out at the same time."

I swear to you I am not making these astonishing quotations up. Two things are worth pointing out.

• I've been rather famously critical of Paul Martin's government. But I can guarantee you this much. Any minister in Martin's government who took this kind of hateful tone with any provincial official would be fired so fast his head would spin.

• The Martin government has twice offered deals that, in the minimal case, would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars more for Newfoundland and Labrador. Danny Williams argues that's not enough. Fine. Sure. Whatever. But can you begin to imagine the firestorm in Newfoundland and Labrador if Martin had simply refused to entertain any request at all?

Danny Williams should thank God, in other words, that nobody in Ottawa today has John Crosbie's attitude toward Newfoundland and Labrador.""

Paul Wells is no fan of Paul Martin, as he readily admits so another post slags the Pm on another matter. But hey. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Some people even change them merely to suit the current fashion.