Friday, October 08, 2004

Lost Opportunities

Does anyone for a second doubt that had the government fallen yesterday, the Liberals wouldn’t have returned with a healthy majority? The Conservatives supporting a Bloc motion on provincial powers which most provinces opposed? How couldn’t the Liberals parlay that into a win? Especially with the public wanting a majority after seeing the disaster of this minority parliament.

Of course, they’d have to make it look un-intentional. But they don’t fly their MP in and maybe find one or two others who got “family emergencies” and suddenly, they lose by a vote. There’d be some huffing and puffing and a slim chance Harper would become PM. But even if Harper took over, the optics of him forming a quasi-coalition with the Bloc would have been so bad to ensure he’d never win again.

All the parties did the right thing by reaching a compromise but the Liberals may have missed a golden opportunity. Better to be defeated on a motion by a separatist government than to let Harper pick an issue the Liberals look weak on at some time in the future.

4 Comments:

  • >Especially with the public wanting a majority after
    >seeing the disaster of this minority parliament.

    Parliament is a week old and it's already a disaster? Uhmmmm....what parliament have you been watching, out of curiosity?

    Last I checked there was a lot of posturing, but we've seen some true democracy for a change - not the quasi-dictatorship that the Liberals have been running for more than a decade.

    Give it a chance....

    By Blogger Andrew, at 7:59 AM  

  • I should have clarified that.

    IF the government fell last week, people would have to regard it as a disaster. That's what I was getting at. I think a lot of good can come out of it if the parties compromise.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:35 PM  

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