[WHOOPS: As a commenter points out, Vellacott is not a cabinet minister, he's the "Chair for the House of Commons Standing Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development." My bad.]
And, one at a time, we'll be treated to a spectacle of CPC cabinet ministers [or chair appointees -- Ed.] who are so unbelievably fucking stupid, they shouldn't be allowed outside without adult supervision (emphasis added):
The Supreme Court of Canada has taken the unusual step of challenging a Conservative MP over false claims about Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
The comments from Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott, which he later said were inaccurate, will likely cost him his new job as chairman of the House aboriginal affairs committee.
Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said yesterday that in light of Mr. Vellacott's comments about the court, his party would support a motion of no-confidence in Mr. Vellacott from the Liberals that will be voted on by members of the aboriginal affairs committee tomorrow. The NDP has also pledged to support the motion, meaning it will pass and Mr. Vellacott will likely have to resign in favour of another Conservative MP.
Any bets on who's next? I vote Rona Ambrose, whose ignorance is exceeded only by her arrogance. And that's no mean feat.
WHAT THE HELL? When exactly did someone replace the Progressive Bloggers with Folger's Crystals to see if anyone would notice the difference? I refer to this allegedly "progressive" blogger:
Vellacott Remains Target of Smear Campaign
Maurice Vellacott needs help. He represents a stereotypical Reform/Alliance member within the acting Conservative government. Attacks upon his person are not justified and should not be tolerated without a rigourous defence on his behalf. What is actually at the core of these most recent charges against him is that he happens to be an evangelical Christian pastor.
Nooooooo .... what's at the core is that he's an ignorant, lying, Bible-thumping piece of crap masquerading as a human being. There's a difference.
Everyone of the Christian faith whose beliefs firmly honour the sanctity of life, the dignity of civil unions between husband and wife, and a committment to compassionate humanitarian policies; the foundation upon which this country was founded, is under fire.
Bye, PBs. It's been fun having you on the blogroll but if I wanted to link to the Blogging Tories, I know where to find them.
FUN WITH WEASEL WORDS: I'm still chuckling over Vellacott's pathetic, weaselly attempt at a clarification. There's Vellacott's original statement (emphasis added);
"Beverley McLachlin herself actually said that when they step into [a judicial activist] role, all of a sudden there's some mystical kind of power that comes over them by which everything they ever decreed is not to be questioned and they actually have these discerning and almost prophetic abilities to be able to come and know the mind of the public and they take on almost these godlike powers. She said that herself. I didn't say that."
Followed by the most amazing tap dancing:
Mr. Vellacott issued a statement saying he was referring to a lecture Chief Justice McLachlin gave in New Zealand on Dec. 1. "I may have given the impression that in the speech she expressly said that she had 'god-like powers.' I acknowledge that Ms. McLachlin did not literally use those words," the release said.
"In summary, when I claimed that 'she said that herself,' I'm sorry if anyone got the impression that I was suggesting that she, you know, actually, literally used the words that I claimed she used."
So when I suggest that Maurice Vellacott should be dragged by his heels out into the parking lot and beaten unconscious with a tire iron, I literally mean that. Well, except for the bit about the heels. And the parking lot. And the tire iron. Just in case I might have left that impression.