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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Harper: Classless Git.

Stephen Harper (CA - Calgary Southwest, AB)

Canadian Alliance Leader Stephen Harper came under fire from all sides today after making a remark about New Democrat MP Svend Robinson that some said was homophobic.

Yeah. No kidding. The Leader of the Opposition had already stuck his foot in his mouth when he accused Liberal cabinet ministers of being criminal and having their pictures hanging on police stations' walls. So Svend Robinson, who has been in Parliament for 23 years and knows the rules of the House well, rose on a point of order. He called Harper's accusations of criminality for what they were -- unparliamentary.

Robinson surely wasn't defending the conduct of (ex-) Cabinet Ministers like Alfonso Gagliano, Art Eggleton, or Lawrence MacAulay. That's for sure -- he had been attacking those ministers' conduct vigorously over the last several months, just as sure as most every member of the Opposition had. However, Robinson wasn't about to let a party leader (of a party that Robinson can't stand, to be sure) engage in that sort of attack. Accusing someone of criminality is serious. Duh.

Robinson stood up on a point of order.

Svend Robinson (NDP - Burnaby-Douglas, BC)

"Mr. Speaker, I've only been here 23 years, but I know that there are some rules in this place and you cannot refer to another honourable member as a criminal in the House of Commons and I demand that he withdraw the statement."
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