So is this the first time the Liberal Party of Canada has ever had nominations for electoral ridings? You would think so the way they flip and they flop over the now infamous nomination disclaimer. The disclaimer made famous the last few days by Sheila Copps, is in for a bit of fine tuning. Ms. Copps who expressed outrage over having to actually fill one out, may have shed some light on a document that most folks were unaware of. There are many personal questions on that declaration form, an awful lot of which are really nobody's business. As a matter of fact, one wonders if the nomination declaration form may not indeed be in contravention of the Federal Government's newly minted privacy regulations.
At any rate, PM the PM must have suddenly discovered that the declaration form didn't exactly embody the spirit of Liberalism. He's apologized for some of the more probing mental health questions and ordered some changes to the document without delay. Some of the less libertarian ideas are going to get a second look as well. Perhaps a reminder of a quote from that wily old Liberal Pierre Trudeau might be in order. "The government has no business in the bedrooms of the nation". Add to that the medicine chests, the doctor's office and the detox centers as well.
While it may not be enough to save Sheila and her quest for her riding, it certainly paints her as a defender of personal privacy, which is a role she never would have been cast in during her days in Opposition.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
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