Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rumours to Rest

I never really understood the logic of the Tories proroguing parliament for a late return in the fall so this should hopefully end the speculation about it.

"We have no intention of proroguing"
-Peter Van Loan on Question Period today

11 Comments:

  • Ever notice how non-committal the Tories are? "We have no intention of proroging parliament"...."We have no intention of bringing back the death penalty"...no intention is not a definate "no".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 PM  

  • The benefit of prorogation is the opportunity of to give another Throne Speech. If they want election, Harper could just sprinkle in a couple of land mines, and bam, election.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:36 PM  

  • I suppose anonymous 1:14 would be more comforted if they said: "Now lookit, let me be absolutely clear: frankly and earnestly, not proroguing parliament is, and I must add that I love Canada, a top priority for this gov'mint and part of our plan to save parliament for a generation."

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 6:08 PM  

  • bottom line, if steve doesnt like the byelection results, then he will follow in the steps of Martin by setting the opposition days up at the end of november. This scares the opposition from voting non confidence some times becuase they dont want to cause a xmas election and be blamed for it. if harper prorogues parl, it is easy to have the first opposition days at the end of november. but if he lets session begin in september, it is hard to move all opposition days until the end of november.

    By Blogger ktr, at 8:30 PM  

  • I don't really understand why it's being considered, either. At first it made sense (to avoid the ethics committee hearings on the In and Out mess), but now that they've missed any opportunity to quash that, it doesn't seem to their benefit to prorogue Parliament.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:26 PM  

  • Another Tory advantage for a November motion of confidence is that it creates an opening for a particularly long election campaign. This would advantage the cash-flush Tories (especially if they win their $4.5 M lawsuit against Dion).

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 9:26 PM  

  • “Another Tory advantage for a November motion of confidence is that it creates an opening for a particularly long election campaign”

    It also gives more time for harper to be charged for the in-out frauds.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:07 AM  

  • The cash-flush Tories get no advantage from their cash during a writ period with equal spending caps for all parties. And their leader lost ground during the closing weeks of both the 2004 and 2006 campaigns. They'll choose a five-week writ period.

    By Blogger Paul Wells, at 8:22 AM  

  • If the Tories want to delay an election they can just back-end the opposition days and confidence motions, as discussed above.

    If they want an election they can put them up front.

    Since there would be a throne speech after proroguing, it wouldn't really accomplish much of anything - especially if they don't have anything revolutionary to say in the speech itself.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:36 AM  

  • "If they want an election they can put them up front."

    This assumes the opposition will actually bring them down. An iffy assumption to say the least.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 PM  

  • yeah the CPC got nothin'say (jethro tull)

    dion itchin' to pull the green shift trigger

    iggy and rae snickering

    By Blogger art, at 12:39 PM  

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