Friday, December 05, 2008

Don't Despair!

Well, the GG has exercised her prerogative, and even though I don't agree with her decision, I can see the merits of the arguments on both sides - hence why this was such a tricky decision to begin with, as the arguments of both sides certainly did have merits.

But this just gives the coalition another month to firm up its commitment to topple Harper, in much the same way as Harper delaying the confidence vote a week gave the coalition time to hammer out some more specifics. The coalition would be wise to use this time to come up with some common policy proposals, maybe even a proposed throne speech, so that it can be ready to govern the day it defeats this shameless coward of a prime minister.

While anti-constitutionalism is nothing new from either Harper or from conservatives in general, it should give the coalition further resolve to defeat this dangerous man and his cabal. They clearly have no respect for the constitution of Canada, or for the principles of responsible government on which it is based. This banana-republic prorogation alone is reason enough for Parliament to refuse to grant its confidence to this government, no matter what is in the much-vaunted January budget. (If it's anything like that farce of an economic update, it shouldn't be terribly difficult to vote against, anyway.)

My advice to the coalition: Use this time to hammer out a Throne Speech and a Cabinet. And for crying out loud, dump Dion! Precisely nobody except his most diehard supporters (the few who remain) want him to become prime minister; if this coalition is to have any credibility, a replacement needs to be found, and soon. If Dion refuses to step down himself, for the good of both the party and the coalition, the caucus should step in and put him out of his misery. Paul Martin had the class to resign as leader when it was clear Canadians had rejected him; Dion's attempts to cling to power, whatever you think of him (and I have nothing against him per se), are terrible optics, and if this coalition is to have any chance of success, it needs a leader that Canadians like and trust - and that is not Stephane Dion.



At 12/05/2008 8:26 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Coalition was going to bring in a stimulus package so Harper shut parliament down. No aid for the auto sector; Harper shutdown democracy. No aid for the forestry sector; Harper shutdown democracy. Harper shutdown democracy to keep his job while you lose yours!

At 12/05/2008 9:04 a.m., Blogger FredM said...

"And for crying out loud, dump Dion! "

Didn't he just go on TV saying he will be leader for a few more months?
So if they do your idea of dumping him he looks like a liar on TV and a liar to the Canadian public, and the liberal party looks stupid and dis-organized once again.

At 12/05/2008 9:24 a.m., Anonymous Billy Jack said...

I am very glad the GG prorogued parliamnet. The electorate definitely did not want a Liberal government (lowest showing ever) and Dion's performance the other night solidified that. A new poll which admittedly I just glanced at would give Harper a very strong majority if an election were held now if it was between the coalition and the Conservatives.

Time to move on.

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