Monday, November 28, 2005

Th-th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

And so ends the 38th Parliament, the reality TV of politics: It was dysfunctional and, at times, disgusting, but you just couldn't turn away.

We saw historic same sex marriage legislation passed. We saw a cliff hanger vote that made the late Chuck Cadman a star and made politics thrilling to watch. We saw every obscure tactic in parliamentary procedure dusted off and attempted. We saw Gurmant Grewal run his own little Alias mission. We saw the Belinda and Peter saga get CNN's "political play of the week".

In the end, we saw the Canadian government fall on an explicit non-confidence motion; historic enough by itself.

So RIP 38th Parliament. While you may not be missed, you certainly won't be forgotten.

9 Comments:

  • I'm going to take a rare moment to actually stand with Ralph...Liberal Minority! :grin:

    Who's running in Calgary Centre-South? The Liberal site doesn't say.

    By Blogger Lady Cooper, at 7:33 PM  

  • Paul Martin, that was such a moving speech... I loved the hand gestures. Patting your head. And that ending cheer holding hands with everyone in the room made me cry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM  

  • I also wonder how long it will take the CBC to show Stephen Harpen's speech to his caucus.. still waiting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:41 PM  

  • Ray Orbison's song Its Over should have been playing as the Liberals stood and were defeated over corruption and criminality in The Liberal Party.

    After judge Gomery released his findings there could have been no other conclusion.

    Lets hope Martin and his band of thieves spend a long, long time in opposition.

    By Anonymous Colin, at 7:42 PM  

  • Finally, thank you CBC for gracing us with the response from Stephen Harper. I wonder if you'll play the whole thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 PM  

  • I believe they played the whole Harper speech immediately following Martin's speech, here on CBC Newsworld

    By Blogger James Bow, at 8:35 PM  

  • Give the CBC credit. Harper started speaking about five minutes after Martin began. The Corp ran both in their entirety. The other networks didn't do that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:25 PM  

  • I also thought that Harper timed his appearance well. Paul gave his speech, brought it to a close, and then BAM! There was Harper to offer a rebuttal.

    That was a slick, professional move that looked good.

    By Blogger James Bow, at 9:32 PM  

  • Harper was tape-delayed, he starting speaking a few minutes into Martin's speach. Martin should have waited until Harper went, going last is more Prime Ministerial, and he needs to hang onto the trappings of the office.

    By Blogger A BCer in Toronto, at 10:21 PM  

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