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  • roy
    September 21, 2012 - 12:03

    Sorry, but I don't feel bad for Tom Osborne. Maybe it's because I don't trust any politicians. I do think he's as good as anyone else in politics but he is a political animal like the rest of them. I don't buy his reasons for leaving. We elect our representatives to do what is best for us. If he felt so strongly about the reasons for leaving then why didn't he speak up and act when doing so could have made a difference. Not months later. Yes, he most likely would have ended up turfed out like Fabian but at least he would have taken a stand when it was the right time to do so. Instead, he leaves when it finally becomes apparent that he will never again obtain a Cabinet position in these end days of Tory rule.

  • Doug Smith
    September 21, 2012 - 10:36

    Mr. Phalen, I’m very disappointed in you. True the Dunderdale puppets ganged up on Mr. Osborne. However, that fact is just peripheral to the most important issue. Secrecy Bill 29, is not just any old piece of legislation. It is an attack on one of the foundations of a free and democratic society, that is transparency in government. Any infringement on the people’s right to know what their elected representatives are doing in the public domain should be resisted at all costs. When a politician like Mr. Osborne says he voted for Bill 29 although he knew it was wrong, he immediately loses any trust or credibility he may have had . How can we ever believe anything he says concerning important public issues? How can you, Mr. Phelan, whether as a concerned citizen or responsible journalist support a politician who goes along with weakening the public’s right to know even when he admits it was wrong to do so? Doesn’t your support of Mr. Osborne make you even more than him a danger to the twin pillars of democracy , that is transparency and accountability. Doug Smith,GFW

    • Eli
      September 21, 2012 - 11:47

      Doug, ever hear of somebody (including ourselvesw) mending their ways?

  • Austin
    September 21, 2012 - 08:37

    There is a saying that when everyone speaks with the same voice that only one is doing the thinking. It's refreshing to see someone turn away from the herd. Unfortunately, such a move reflects independent thinking and, in all governments, that is not kosher. The leader leads. All others follow. Maybe that's why a lot of competent people shun the political arena.

  • Eli
    September 21, 2012 - 08:31

    Steve he sure as hell did nail it on the head here for sure, especially his referral to those cowardly rats who jumped all over the "disengage" message. But are we forgetting the creators of that message?

  • John Smith
    September 21, 2012 - 08:29

    ...they also sport the plasma of silent lambs...ha ha ha ...yes there is some great writing for ya...LOL he will be up for the Giller with Russel(butterflies and Rainbows)wangersky next year...what a joke...

    • greyhound
      September 21, 2012 - 10:40

      Mr. Smith, if you are somehow attached to what was once a strong party the message in your comments are exactly what Gerry is speaking of. The abysmal behaviour of the current administration is childish and booish; keep it up and Ms. Dunderdale and the PCs favour with the voters will be down there with the Liberals, which they like to make smug comments about. (what goes around, comes around)

  • Steve
    September 21, 2012 - 08:02

    I wondered when Gerry Phelan made the transition to columnist whether he had it in him. Apparently he does. His writing has impressed me at every turn. Once again, he nails it.