She has never really had anything interesting to say about the NDP or the Bloc albeit for different reasons. In fact, I would be happy if she just resigned from «jase a propos de rien» about both parties. She has been shrill for years on the NDP and thoroughly under-interested in making a serious analysis of the Bloc (at least in her reports to English Canada).
In any case, I suppose she does provide readers with yet another unadulterated look into the mind of the official opinion shaping class. Her recent TorStar article is confused. She has been Hammering on Layton for how long about how his principled opposition to the Cons is silly and evidence that the NDP is not pragmatic enough to lead? Then she uses the NDPs support for the Cons EI reform as evidence that they are too opportunistic to be trusted.
So which is it Chantal? Are the NDP too principled / idealist or too pragmatic / opportunistic? Or do you really just wish the NDP would go away and die already?
That the Bloc gets a pass on supporting the Cons under the auspices that the home reno (Potvin et Bouchard) tax credit (a weak one at that) to the petty proprietor class is somehow straightforwardly in the interests of Quebec is unbelievable. Talk about a double double of opportunism. No matter it is the Bloc… Chantal`s supposed incisiveness gets firmly checked at the door.
On her blogue Chantal is so careful to point out that the bloc knows that it can both get the popular tax credit passed and have another kick at the can at the end of the month when the Liberal confidence motion comes to the floor. Why she does not afford the NDP the same latitude is not much of a mystery. We get it Chantal you, like many others in the opinion shaping class, just wish the NDP would die already. But that is hardly incisive political journalism.