Hockey Blight in Canada

RICK BELL -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

They all wallow in the same stink pile, these gutless, spineless stooges who aren't fit to tie Shane Doan's skates, these cheap opportunists ready to roll over like a hog in a ditch at the very sniff of a vote, especially a Quebec X.

It should disgust us, but not surprise us when all parties in Ottawa, the Liberals, the NDP and, yes, the Tories, take up the torch for the separatist witchhunt.

'Tis true, the bellyaching Bloc, the traitors in a country which often won't stand up for itself, know how to score in the slime game. Dredge up an unproven allegation from two hockey seasons ago about an unsubstantiated supposed slur of a French-speaking ref.

Dig up what you think you can whip up into something and don't mind the fact the accusation is tossed and the speaker cleared.

Then shout the words. Discriminatory! Racist! Xenophobic! Shane Doan is the Evil One. Quebec can't relate to a team with Shane as captain. Really? Start your own team.

Demand Hockey Canada and Sport Canada be hauled on the carpet of a committee with nothing better to do and have these groups explain themselves, face the high-and-mighty inquisitors. Why is Shane, the player oddly dissed as guilty after being judged innocent, the captain of Team Canada?

Now it is bizarre enough for separatists to worry about who is captain of anything representing Canada when they don't want to be Canadians, while ... ahem ... still cashing the cheques until the day that never comes.

Now, it is ridiculous we're talking about a hockey game and not the future of this nation. But, what is worse, is the fear, the obvious trembling, the inability of anyone to step up and deep-six this circus before it gets to town.

No one has the equipment to tell these grandstanding goof-offs to take a flying leap. Oh no. The Liberals join in to vote with the Bloc. So do Layton's merry troupe taking up the cause du jour.

And yes, wait for it now, so do the Conservatives, the party led by Mr. Hockey, Stephen Harper, the man who pledged to do politics differently. But, wouldn't you know, the poll numbers show even his recent green grovelling hasn't turned the trick.

So why not offer up Shane?

Yes, if the Grits and the Tories stood up against the Bloc, there wouldn't be a televised episode of Canadian Idiot this morning.

But they let Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc put the puck in the net, stirring up much ado about squat.

More is expected of the Conservatives. Shane is guilty of nothing and is being defended by many in hockeyland, English speakers, French speakers.

On this file, the Tories could have voted No. The committee kookiness would still go on this morning since the Conservatives have only five of 12 members, but it would have been a statement.

Alas, they are as afraid of offending Quebec as everybody else in Ottawa. They want the votes and if kowtowing is the name of this game, so be it.

Kevin Sorenson, the Tory MP for Crowfoot, the constituency where Shane's family lives, is curiously not responding to this page, though he's spoken in the past. In fact, his Ottawa office is downright hostile to my attempt to ask Kevin the score.

Art Hanger and Myron Thompson, Tory MPs listed as associate members of the committee, do not respond.

Art is reportedly busy and Myron is reportedly travelling and doesn't have his phone with him.

Do I see a gag before me?

People at the office of Michael Chong, an Ontario Tory MP on the committee, says the Tories supported this spectacle of silliness to give Hockey Canada a chance to tell its side of the story.

Why does Hockey Canada have to tell its side of the story? It gets a million bucks from taxpayers. Shake head here.

But we do have a Tory bigwig to fall back on to explain the absurd, Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn.

"If we hadn't done it, how would we look as francophones?" says Jean-Pierre.

"There are two nations in this country and we need to respect both."

And, pray tell, how much respect is Shane being shown, dragged through the dirt while he's playing for both so-called nations of this country so some vote scroungers can fight for scraps from Quebec?

As we wait for this stupidity to run its course, the hockey player on the hot seat stands by his word and takes the heat of the cheap shots.

Shane can't figure out why this story has a life of its own. Then again, why would he?

He's a decent man and not a puny, pathetic, power-hungry politician in Ottawa.


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