Martin gets it wrong again
Yesterday, Paul Martin added to his remarkable list of pronouncements this campaign which are not only baloney and/or a bad idea, but exactly opposite of the most sensible way to address an issue.
The latest is to his wish to have his premiers' meeting to "fix health care for a generation" held entirely in public, in front of the cameras. I would tend to agree that deals arrived at entirely in secret are undesirable. However, it is completely unthinkable that a meeting of 11 high-level politicians, on a highly political topic, would keep any kind of secrets regardless of how "private" the meeting is.
If Premier Y doesn't like the way things are going, his aides tell the press about it, to make sure that Y isn't blamed for a result he's unhappy with. If Premier Z gets everything he wants, he comes out of the meeting, stands in front of the cameras, and takes credit for it.
Your basic City Council meeting is held in public - boy, we sure see a lot of tough decisions coming out of those things! Likewise, concessions in Legislatures and Parliament are always made in private; it allows everyone to save a little face. Laws and sausages are similar, it is said: you don't really want to know how they're made.
It is self-evident that a politician is less willing to compromise in public than in private. Wide-open first ministers meetings would mean more grandstanding and fewer results. As The Sports Guy would say, I will not argue about this.