As a followup to my previous post and as evidenced in the linked editorial, we see that some people aren’t satisfied with the spectacle of their elected government looking on impotently as the courts decide the fate of their bungled legislation. No, these guys want the government to use the Notwithstanding Clause if the courts don’t rule the way they want. There are a few things we can deduce about these people:
a. They’ve a piss-poor idea of how the Clause works – as shown here, it’s not as simple as the PCs declaring it into law – it has to be passed in the Legislature and it has to be renewed after 5 years, which leads us to the second conclusion;
b. They can’t count – all the times the Clause has been revoked were with Governments who had healthy majorities. With the razor-thin margin Premier MacDonald has, there is simply no way this would survive a vote, and Rodney’s smart enough to realize this, which is why it’s not going to happen, which leads us to the final conclusion about these folks:
c. They’re idiots.
Of course, speaking as a Newfoundlander, I can’t help but be cheered by these developments, cause if this keeps up the ‘Newfie Joke’ will be a thing of the past, and instead Canadians from Coast to Coast will be saying ‘Hey, did you hear the one about the Dumb Nova Scotian?”