By Terry Vanderheyden

OTTAWA, December 13, 2005 ( – After facing a torrent of derision for the inane statements of Liberal spokesman Scott Reid suggesting Canadian parents would spend childcare money irresponsibly on popcorn and beer, Prime Minister Paul Martin has created a diversion by pulling out an old and tired campaign tactic – attacking Conservative leader Stephen Harper for a potential repeal of same-sex “marriage” legislation.

Appearing in Ancaster, Ontario, Martin, calling same-sex “marriage” a “Charter” issue, challenged Harper to answer whether he would invoke the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ notwithstanding clause to override the Constitution and repeal Martin’s Liberal-imposed legislation.

Chief Liberal spokesman Scott Reid created a firestorm Sunday when he said that the Conservative plan to give child-care dollars to parents so that they may have choice in child-care rather than being forced into institutionalized day care as per the Liberal plan was unworkable since parents would waste the money on “beer and popcorn.” Said Reid: “(Children) need care that is regulated, safe and secure and that’s what we’re building here. Don’t give people $25 a day to blow on beer and popcorn. Give them child-care spaces that work.” (See yesterday’s coverage: )

Bob Tarantino at the Blog “Let It Bleed” succinctly spoofed Martin’s apology for Reid’s comments: ‘“Popcorn and beer?’ You Misheard – He Said ‘Harper Hates Queers.’”

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