Putting aside the whole nuclear safety thing, which is a pretty serious issue and what not, Tony Clement's explanation here for why the Conservatives decided to make the whole Chalk River reactor thing a partisan issue is rather hilarious, in a pathetic and childish grade two kind of way:
In an interview on CTV's Question Period, Mr. Clement was asked to explain why the government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, launched a personal attack on Linda Keen, the commission chair, alleging she was a Liberal appointee who was putting lives in danger by not permitting the restart of the reactor, the world's leading supplier of medical isotopes.
"At the time, we had some concerns that perhaps the Liberal opposition was toying with the idea of making this a partisan activity," Mr. Clement said. "We were concerned that we would not be able to get the legislation through in order to start up the reactor on time to deliver the isotopes."
"In politics . . . sometimes you've got to fire a couple of shots across the bow to make sure the opposition knows that you're serious about the issue," he continued.
Or, in other words, we were afraid they were going to make it a partisan issue, so we decided to make it a partisan issue before they could make it a partisan issue. Or maybe the Liberals knew the Conservatives knew we were going to make it a partisan issue, and we tricked them into making it a partisan issue first to make them look bad, because we're sneaky like that.
Bad attemped spin, Tony. It's back to the Harper minsiter relocation and hiding program for you.
Of course even better is the fact the Conservative spin was completely out to lunch, emphasized by the news today the Harper government bypassed the recommendation of an independent hiring committee to appoint a former Canadian Alliance fundraiser and party hack, Michael Burns, as president of Atomic Energy of Canada.
He's left the job though, so it would seem there's an opening. Maybe Homer Simpson is available... Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers