Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Honour Among Thieves

The following was reported by CTV in an interview with Stephen Lewis, following the publication of Peter Newman's 'exposé of Brian Mulroney.
How remarkable to hear these words of praise for Mulroney coming from a committed dipper like Lewis. As hard as I try, I can't imagine Jack Layton saying such things about any Conservative, except maybe Joe Clark.

"If you think about it, the Mulroney position on South Africa and the opposition to apartheid was a far more principled position than had been true of (former prime minister) Pierre Trudeau," said Lewis, who was speaking in Edmonton Saturday night.
"What the Liberals were prepared to tolerate ... this outrageous evisceration of a people, Mulroney was not prepared to tolerate."
Lewis, who is currently the UN secretary general's special envoy for HIV-AIDS in Africa, also said the Conservatives under Mulroney were more generous in their approach to foreign aid. In 1989 the Tories gave 0.5 per cent of the Gross National Product to foreign aid.
The Liberals under Prime Minister Paul Martin contribute only 0.32 per cent of the nation's GNP.
"It was the Paul Martin budget of the 1990s that brought us down to 0.23 (per cent of GNP),'' Lewis said.
"Looking at those international issues, Mulroney was much better than the Liberals. Those were issues of real principle and he took a very important position on all of them."

Ah, the good old days, when there was honour among thieves.


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