From the always non bias, non partisan Jane Tabor, Globe and Mail,
Liberals impose code of silence on Ross Rebagliati
Peter Donolo and his new crew running Michael Ignatieff’s office have, according to The Globe this morning, made over the Liberal Leader’s office.
Mr. Donolo, the new chief of staff, has staff members addressing the leader now as “Mr. Ignatieff” rather than the more informal “Michael” as his old crew used to. Staffers in the Opposition Leader’s Office are also being asked to dress up a little bit more.
What the team neglected to tell our reporter is that it seems a code of silence has been imposed along with that dress code. Indeed, they suggested to one of their new B.C. candidates, former Olympian Ross Rebagliati, that he not to talk to the news media.
The best approach for Harper to take
Mr. Harper seems to know that. He took special care during the election campaign to muzzle the fringe elements of his party. He must be careful now to make sure they do not take the election win as an endorsement of their views. When he is making his cabinet, he would be wise to give leading spots to moderate MPs from the old Progressive Conservative Party. He would be even wiser to put off for now his notion of holding a new vote on same-sex marriage. Courts across the country have made it legal and Parliament has already voted once to do the same. Risking a clash with the courts over rights and restarting a divisive debate on social values is not something Mr. Harper should contemplate if he wants to be a unifying centrist prime minister.
(Emphasis highlighted in red by me)
Notice the hypocrisy?