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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Overheard at the children's table

The Young Liberals of Canada, showing far more spirit than the tired boomers that actually run the party,  are doing their best to turn the Tory policy convention into a recruitment drive. The push by Tories to eliminate their own youth wing is being branded as "muzzlegate"—an attempt to silence the ideas of the young people. As they note on the web site:

“This kind of attitude is typical of Stephen ‘Mr. Muzzle’ Harper’s attempt to silence anyone that might actually give voice to the truth of his party’s extreme views.”

Now that the motion has been passed, the kiddies are handing out flyers encouraging disenfranchised boys and girls to join the Liberal party, where their voices will be heard.

Actually, the voice of youth is already being heard in the Tory party: they have the youngest caucus in the House. While the Liberal youth are relegated to the sandbox, twenty-something Tories like Jeremy Harrison, Pierre Poilievre and Andrew Scheer are actually working for constituents. It's probably not as much fun as those young Liberals in the web site photo look like their having. But, in the Tory party, the youth actually count, rather than being segregated at the kids table.

Posted by Kevin Libin on March 19, 2005 | Permalink


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To ensure we're all adequately represented and empowered it's time to start considering a formal Seniors' Wing, an Aboriginals' Wing, a Non-white Young Women's Wing, a Quebec Wing, a.....>>.......Wing.

Posted by: JR | 2005-03-20 10:31:00 AM

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