It’s time to play the “Red Door/Blue Door” federal election endgame, based on actual or proposed fiscal and other policies. Although unintentional, the game was introduced yesterday by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff during his media scrum in the foyer of the House of Commons. Surrounded by his fawning and adoring caucus — what Mark Bonokowki of the Toronto Sun refers to as his “props” — Ignatieff told us how Canadians had to decide which door to open, the red door or the blue door.
So, let’s play “I spy with my little eye” and think about what we might expect to find behind Ignatieff’s red door.
I know, for instance, that I would find a political party that was arrogant and felt so entitled to power that they found it necessary to remind me continually that only they were the natural governing party in Canada.
I know I would also find a huge pile of money — money that represented the millions upon millions of dollars that was misused or stolen during the Sponsorship Scandal.
As well, I know I would find a table with three politicians behind it — a Liberal, an NDP and a Bloc Member of Parliament — and their signed coalition agreement.
And, no amount of Liberal pre-election spin will change what I and other Canadians imagine we would find behind Ignatieff’s red door.
Now, what might I find behind the blue door?
I would find a government who has managed the economy so well that the country is the envy of the G7 and beyond.
I would also find a government that has dozens upon dozens of accomplishments.
And, I would find a prime minister in Stephen Harper who is respected, both domestically and internationally.
Has the Conservative government been perfect? No. Can they do better? Absolutely. But, the Red Door/Blue Door game really does concentrate the mind. Now, what do my readers think they would find behind those doors?
Endnote: This post was published for at least 30 minutes this morning before it suddenly disappeared when I was updating it to correct a typo — as I often do — the first time that has happened in the four years I have had a blog on the WordPress.com server.
What happened I have no idea, but the post here now is a complete replacement. That said, while it is not word for word as the original text, the meaning and intent is the same. By using the Red Door/Blue Door analogy, Michael Ignatieff has thrown down the gauntlet without realizing its implications — something he would likely never have done had he actually lived in Canada during the Sponsorship Scandal.