TheStar.com - News - Grits and Greens make a deal: "Grits and Greens make a deal"
Canadian politics seems to be predictably trundling along when Mike Duffy on CTV News says something that makes you blink and check the newspaper for the full story.
Here Stephen Harper is sewing up the environmental portfolio, stealing Stephane Dion's limelight and central theme, and casting him as a lameduck leader in the process, when Dion covers himself in the blanket of the Green Party by making a deal with their leader Elizabeth May.
The Green Party is undoubtedly considered the most green of all the federal parties; May is now featured when the media look for critiques of Harper's green platform. By making the deal with May, Dion not only leapfrogs over Harper in the who's-more-green game, but also shows himself a man of the old school, the one that plays fair, the kind we miss, that doesn't disparage his opponents a la Harper. He demonstrates true class, what a real man is made of, and in the process making Harper look just like a guttersnipe. He cements this image of being a real man, a mature man, by making a deal that benefits May more than him, in terms of the election itself. She now has a real shot at winning her impossible-to-win seat. Nice.