Martin Threatens Gay marriage ElectionPrime Minister Paul Martin is threatening to hold an election over gay marriage.
My reaction is simply - Bring it Dithers.
It would appear now that the Prime Minister has gone through the excruciating and agonizing experience of actually making a decision, he's quite prepared to say "Damn the torpedoes full steam ahead."
If Paul Martin is prepared to take his "I love the Charter and this is a human right" tour on the road, by all means go right ahead Paul. Harper is finally seeming to spring back into action, which seems to be how the guy operates - a lull followed by a flurry of activity. Furthermore, if you watch Martin's reaction to what's being said by Harper the Prime Minister appeared rattled. Even a Globe and Mail reporter described him as "riled up".
I think Paul Martin is well aware that he's on the wrong side of this issue. He's having difficulty keeping his own caucus in line upon this issue and resistance is mounting. Religious leaders in communities that are traditional liberal strong holds are speaking out. The Catholic church seems to be rousing itself from its rather lethargic state to draw a line in the sand.
If Paul Martin wants to hold an election on an issue where a majority of Canadians agree with the Conservative Party of Canada, its his funeral. Anyone whose listened to Stephen Harper's proposal that's been put forward regarding Same Sex Marriage will agree that its reasonable, and moderate. Paul Martin can scream about it being "extremist" all he wants, and Cotler can continue to lie about "the supreme court having ruled on it" and hope that by repeating this as a mantra they can somehow be sucessful. Yet, the simple fact of the matter is that history casts Paul Martin and the Liberal party in the role of extremists on this issue. Hence the much beloved centre is ours.
Furthermore, Paul if you alienate the ethnic vote which is fairly socially conservative and the Catholic vote our post election slogan can be "all your base are belong to us."