Some signs of unrest among the people who slave behind the scenes in politics -- in Conservative and Liberal ranks.
A lengthy Facebook post/invitation discusses how a group of people within the Conservative party would like to form a youth wing, but they're being thwarted and apparently threatened by Parliament Hill staffers.
The Conservative Party of Canada has chosen to turn a blind eye to the activities of its own staffers who - unsatisfied with only impugning the motives of grieving parents of fallen Canadian soldiers [** ed note: that's a reference to Ryan Sparrow, party aide now back in government working on EI} - have now decided to employ their defamatory rhetoric to create a "phony war" against fellow conservatives in the hopes of proving their loyalty to the PMO and keeping their cushy party jobs. The party cannot turn a blind eye to the activities of those under their employ.
As I understand it, there's a rift behind the scenes between those who believe the Conservatives should have a youth group and those who don't. This is rooted in an even older battle between Conservatives and old Reformers... in the libertarian spirit of the old Reform Party, everyone was equal already and there was no need for special women's groups, or youth groups, or such things.
At any rate, before Liberals are tempted to be smug about this behind-the-scenes struggle, they might want to turn an ear to some reports from Michael Ignatieff's meeting with staffers the other day. The Liberal leader didn't earn any goodwill, it's said, by chiding staffers for a 10 a.m to 3 p.m. work ethic. Many of the staffers who work longer hours than that took umbrage at the insult.
So there it is. It's the middle of a summer without heat or much political news in Ottawa, but some hot tempers are reportedly simmering in the staffers' ranks. It's worth noting because if politicians are turning off/angering even those young people closest to them, how on earth do they expect to make themselves appeal to the groups of youth -- and beyond -- who don't give a damn about politics?