So now Michael Ignatieff is in a tizzy over Harper’s “incredibly hypocritical” Senate appointments.
Mr. Ignatieff, I would hardly call Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and Stephen Harper friends. By my account they have only ever met once. Nor would I label Mr. Boisvenu “conservative”, certainly given he drives around the Eastern Townships with an Obama bumper-sticker (I know, because I gave him the bumper-sticker… because he asked for one).
Pierre-Hugues Broisvenu is an independent thinker who shares some conservative values (as do most crime victims, there should be nothing shocking in that).
In the 10 years I have been active in this victims advocacy game I have watched the Canadian Liberals do squat for the rights of victims. Former Justice Minister Cotler had his hands all over international justice issues when he should have been looking to home. Former Minister of Public Safety, Anne McLellan was completely ineffectual, I can tell you that from first hand experience (returning emails, letters and phone calls would have been a good please to start with victim sensitivity for the Liberals).
Mr. Ignatieff, you would be wise to follow some advice; sit back, wait, watch, and learn from Mr. Boisvenu about what it means to build consensus and effect change.