What a cop out.
As politicians of all political parties conclude their interrogation of Hockey Canada, after the dragging through the mud of Shane Doan is done, after the political points to be had in Quebec have been gained, the Tories hustle out a last-minute motion to support Team Canada and hope they win the gold medal.
All parties, even the Bloc, support the no-sweat sentiment. However, there is no endorsement of Shane as captain. Figures. Shane is just the puck these political bottom-feeders use to score.
It is painfully obvious the governing Tories consider us clueless. They support this disgraceful stunt to suck up to Quebec and then roll out a meaningless motion to keep us happy. Yes, trying to have it both ways. Hopefully, Stephen (Mr. Hockey) Harper won't be able to stickhandle around this abandonment of principle. It is quite the sleazy sideshow yesterday morning. A Liberal MP reminds Hockey Canada the decision to rake them and Shane over the coals is a unanimous decision. How comforting.
"It is not a star chamber. We are not a tribunal," says Raymonde Folco from Quebec.
Could've fooled the rest of us. Look at Luc (Motormouth) Malo of the Bloc Quebecois railing at Hockey Canada, playing to the camera about how Shane as captain is unacceptable to Quebec and how the Bloc will see the right to equality respected.
Motormouth Malo sows the seeds of national division with the consent of the other parties. Same old story. Poor old Quebec is being picked on and must be defended against these English thugs.
Who cares if Shane is not guilty? Why confuse zealots with the facts?
Listening to Motormouth wag his separatist chin, you have to wonder whether a complaint of someone allegedly calling someone else an English blankety blank would make it to a parliamentary committee. Actually, you don't have to wonder. You know the answer.
Only in Canada could a script so pathetic be pandered to by so-called leaders who know better but don't have the gumption to grab this bull by the horns.
So the spectacle drones on with questions about how the Team Canada general manager is chosen, how the coach is chosen, how the captain is chosen, the number of francophones on the team, the numbers of francophones asked to be on the team. Why was the NHL's clearing of Shane on allegations of a slur against French speakers accepted by Hockey Canada? Duh. Because he was cleared. It is more than a bit bizarre.
The Tories are red-faced, but Harper's flunkies are watching. The Tory MPs stammer about how they support this charade because we need to hear Hockey Canada's version of events. No we don't.
They claim they just play along because, in the words of Tory MP Michael Chong, "we were criticized for not interfering." So they go along with the interfering. Huh.
Alberta Tory MP Kevin Sorenson knows Shane and his family. They've been on his farm, but he confirms Conservatives figured if the Opposition wanted to hear Hockey Canada, then let it happen.
Hockey Canada stands firm and defends Shane to the max. Thank God we have heroes in this cesspool.
Rene Marcil, chairman of Hockey Canada, finds the proceedings "sad."
"This should have ended quite some time ago."
Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada's president, is plainly upset and so he should be. He's known Shane 14 years.
"We should respect the rights of Shane Doan," says Bob, who mentions how Shane and his family have to endure the unfounded accusations of this witchhunt.
Bob calls Shane a "special Canadian" and speaks of how Shane has used hockey to touch people and how Hockey Canada backs him 100%. He also says Shane is not the speaker of the slur. Whoever did might not be Canadian.
This inquisition is so unnecessary. But the gripers grind away every second of their air time. The NDP's Yvon Godin is just like Motormouth.
"I have no apologies to make to anyone. We are not in the penalty box."
No, you should be tossed.
Guy Lauzon, the Tory MP who heads up this rogue's gallery, tries to save face. He wants to make it clear the government is not criticizing Shane. However, he does not say they support him.
Guy even offers a cheer.
"Go, Canada, Go," he says, with the cameras rolling.
A little late in the game to be standing up for Canada.