Good, because they're right to do so.
Originally I wouldn't support that position, since hey, I'm unilingual myself and I think Mr. Ferguson deserves a fair chance if he says he'll do what he says.
But listening to Bob Rae, you realize the Liberals have a point about something larger than just Ferguson - it's the violation of the process by the very thing that runs the process - the Harper government.
Croon all you want about official bilingualism in Canada Cons, but the fact is that the Harper gov't has violated its own legally-binding rules regarding such major civil service posts like the Auditor General by pushing through Ferguson's appointment. The government had a requirement that a candidate for AG must be bilingual. Lo and behold, the government violated its own rules - doesn't that make you question the integrity of this sham-wow government?
Yes, we know, Mr. Harper makes the rules. But that doesn't give the government the right to go back on its own rules just because they like the look of Ferguson. Maybe he is a good candidate, but he's not bilingual is he - and as Rae said, there's no chance that there isn't a single bilingual candidate just as good as Ferguson out there in the entirety of the country. It's ridiculous to assert as such.
Bottom line, the government has acted without integrity, and the Liberals have responded to that. Good on the Lib caucus, and I hope we really do explore further options to hit the government back for their arrogance. It's the least we can do for Canadians.