A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Judy Foote Is Not Taking a Risk Here

Judy Foote, one of Newfoundland and Labrador's newest Liberal MPs says she is going to vote against the budget. Some of my fellow Newfoundlanders may say that she is exhibiting a courage they feel was not shown by Tory MPs during the last couple of budgets and during the dispute over the Atlantic Accord. Some of my countrymen (and women) would be wrong. The Tory budget only needs the support of a few Liberal MPs in order to pass; therefore I am sure Ignatieff would have no trouble letting a few of his MPs look good for 'standing up for Newfoundland' whilst he takes credit for having his members oppose a budget he says he does not fully approve of.

The province's Conservative MPs considered long and hard their options regarding their support for previous budgets and took an awful lot of fire for supporting them in the end (whether those budgets were not good for the province is a matter of debate). Foote is under nowhere near the pressure Fabian Manning, Norm Doyle and Loyola Hearn were under. Foote is in opposition opposing a government bill; the Tories were in government under pressure to support their government lest it fall. Judy Foote isn't being whipped by her party to help save it from losing power.

As I'm not pleased with this budget I'm happy that Foote has chosen to oppose it, but should anyone think she is under anywhere near the pressure Newfoundland's Conservative MPs were under when they were pressured to vote for their budgets they are quite mistaken.

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