An opinion piece and not a very good one IMO.
I agree with recceguy
, but for different reasons.I don't think
the Liberals set out to ambush the Conservatives, I believe
the original motion, a back-bencher's private member's bill, was, harmlessly, intended as a "feel good" expression of Liberal "good-will" towards Muslims.
Maybe I'm reading too much into what happened but, it seems to me
that too many Conservatives said too much, and when e.g. Erin O'Toole, who is a known moderate, asked for, and the motion's originator agreed to consider, a revision that would solve the emphasis in Islam
issue, that the Liberal political tacticians got into the act and saw that it could, indeed, by a nice wedge issue.
But, I suspect
the Conservatives built the "trap," themselves, and then too many of them walked into it and only then did the Liberals see that "trap" and spring it on them.
This is, in my opinion
, very much a CPC self inflicted wound ... and some CPC leadership candidates were driven towards making it by a fringe of the party that will, mindlessly, do much more harm than good to the Party.