It's interesting to see what's happened to the Party of Moral Outrage. When the Sponsorship Scandal broke, the Conservatives were in high dudgeon. They had a right to be outraged. But their outrage was nothing new. Their predecessors, the Reform Party, were always the Party of High Dudgeon. They railed against Senate patronage, and they vowed to put an end to it by making senators accountable to the electorate.
Since then, Stephen Harper has packed the upper chamber with his own partisans and senate reform has dropped off the radar screen. Now the Globe and Mail reports that:
Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, asked about the propriety of appointing fellow cabinet minister Vic Toews to the bench, said Monday that government ministers should not be ruled out for such appointments.
Mr. Toews is particularly noted for his moral outrage -- whether he is accusing the opposition of being on the side of child pornographers or insisting that Corrections Canada should be more concerned with punishment than rehabilitation.
Given his personal history, he would be wise to follow that old adage about what people who live in glass houses should not do. Unfortunately, Mr. Toews and the party he serves have always been much better at throwing stones than ensuring the integrity of glass houses.