Thursday, August 23, 2007

You Know The Summer's Over...

...when election speculation starts up.

The Bloc threatening to bring Harper down over Afghanistan while the Dippers promise to vote against the Throne Speech over Kyoto.

Which means we're in for two months of speculation about "who blinks".

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4 Comments:

  • No party is in a good position to fight an election, and I believe all this is silly posturing. I just hope the Conservaties use their speech to get back on track and stop their 9-month period of aimless drifting.

    By Blogger Andrew Smith, at 8:32 PM  

  • So whaddya think, CG? Do the Tories fall on something sexy or try to govern for a while? Probably depends on how pre-throne speech opposition rhetoric shapes up, no?

    Cheers,
    M

    By Blogger Matt Bondy, at 10:55 PM  

  • No one wants an election but none of the opposition parties actually want to support the throne speech.

    One of them eventually will...probably whichever one is doing worst in the polls once Parliament comes back in October.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:13 AM  

  • Well, if Layton blinks on Kyoto he is dead, politically. The party would toss him out, so it won't be him.

    If it was purely a vote on Afghanistan he could blink as the BQ is still talking up a 2009 withdrawal date, but it will be on the throne speech and so Layton can choose his own issue.

    Duceppe may blink if support for the mission in Afghanistan goes up in Quebec and the Tory numbers suddenly spike up in unison.

    Dion has more room to maneuver. There are enough Liberals who don't buy into Kyoto that he could blink there and enough Liberals who support the Afghan mission (as is) that he could blink there too. I guess it comes down to whether or not Dion wants to prove he actually believes in something or not. I suspect he is hoping the BQ will help him out.

    By Blogger Greg, at 8:13 AM  

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