Yesterday, Prime Minister Paul Martin met with Condoleezza Rice, envoy of the most powerful nation on earth.
But that’s nothing.
Today, he meets with NDP leader Jack Layton, envoy of the most powerful political party in Canada.
In fact, in the Liberal world Layton, with his 19 precious seats in the House of Commons, is much more important than even the United States of Amercia.
Consider that while Martin is all macho and tough-talking when it comes to dealing with the Americans, he becomes a groveling, kow-towing Super Wimp when Layton comes a calling.
Whatever Layton wants, Martin eagerly delivers on a silver platter.
The last time these two met, Layton demanded the government increase spending and put off promised tax cuts.
Now Layton wants Martin to clampdown on private health care, to help ensure cancer patients can’t make use of non-government facilities or treatment.
Martin will once again likely deliver.
Will this mean that sick Canadians will continue to suffer while waiting for government health care?
But Layton doesn’t care because to the NDP anyone who suffers this way is simply a martyr to socialism.
As for Martin, well what’s a little suffering compared to meeting the overall aim of his tenure: to hang onto power no matter what.