After pretty nearly three days of non-stop debate in the House of Commons on Bill C-6 (back-to-work legislation for CUPW), it ends in an easy government victory as the New Democrats shut down their filibuster operation and call it a day.
One wonders now - why the hell were we put through that?
Two answers spring to mind: one, the NDP wanted to do a stunt, and they pulled one off. Two, the Conservatives wanted this game to be played, and it was played well.
The third reason, some may say, is "conviction." Well, let me ask you this: what good is conviction when it looks more like stubborn a-holeness?
Don't get me wrong - I don't agree with the government's actions. But the unions and the NDP and even the Liberals to an extent just ended up wasting all of our time, with some fancy speeches to be sure, but for nothing better than, in the minds of some, "stand up on conviction."
That's great, but at the end of the day, it's gotten us nowhere, and it may even end up hurting the NDP, Canada Post's services, and the entire ideal people were supposedly standing up for. What good is that ruler up your backside when it just hurts your own cause in the end?
Maybe I'm wrong - maybe Canadians will flock to the NDP for standing up to the government, even if they failed spectacularly in the end. But for me, personally, I now have less respect for the new Official Opposition than I do for the Conservatives. And that's pretty damn low, let me tell you.