Friday, November 28, 2008

Memory Lane

September 23, 2008
BURNABY, B.C. — Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion flatly rejected forming a coalition government with the New Democrats today on the heels of hints from NDP Leader Jack Layton that he'd be open to the idea.

Mr. Dion, speaking after an address to a Vancouver-area business crowd today, said he could not work with Mr. Layton in this way because the NDP leader wants to hike taxes on business.

“We cannot have a coalition with a party that has a platform that would be damaging for the economy. Period,” the Liberal leader said.

He made fun of trouble plaguing some NDP candidates in B.C., joking that Mr. Layton
already has a lot of coalitions under way.

“Mr. Layton already has a coalition, I understand. He has a coalition with the nudist party [and] a coalition with the marijuana party,” he said, referring to NDP candidates who'd been outed as having smoked marijuana and one who'd resigned today after it was revealed he'd previously skinny dipped in front of teens.


About an hour ago:
OTTAWA — The Bloc Quebecois and the NDP have tentatively agreed to back Stephane Dion as prime minister, leading a coalition government, a senior Liberal source said late Friday.

7 Comments:

  • Maybe the Liberals have a chance here.

    Do you know how they're going to blow it? By having six or seven different news outlets all quoting two dozen or more different "senior Liberals", all saying completely contradictory things.

    If there ever was a leaky ship, it is the SS Liberal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:52 PM  

  • Then: Joe Lieberman said Obama was not ready to be president.

    Now: Joe Lieberman is ready to work with the new president elect.

    Alot of things get said in politics, but after the election it is about forming coalitions that deliver.

    Just a thought.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 7:53 PM  

  • Well, as long as the Bloc agrees....

    By Blogger Möbius, at 8:07 PM  

  • No big whup. Three days after the "no deficits" election, Stephen Harper said we could see a deficit. It's nice to see he's trying to fight it off, but the current conflagration feels more like a standoff than a fiscally responsible choice. It's nice, of course, but I doubt the genuine motives. This was a motion best left for the majority government.

    By Blogger Raphael Alexander, at 10:03 PM  

  • The fact that they are pushing Dion as leader should make Liberals think twice. Remember that the NDP have an even bigger stake in the death of the Liberals than do the Tories (the Manitobization of Canadian politics).

    Why insist on an extremely unpopular leader in an enterprise likely to fall apart relatively soon (where they have the power to make it fall apart - and a strong incentive because nobody wants to get blamed for coming economic trouble).

    PS: in the only poll I saw of the Liberal leadership, Ignatieff was hardly the "clear" frontrunner. It looked more like Iggy vs. Rae with LeBlanc as kingmaker.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 12:26 AM  

  • No one voted for this coalition. If voters knew this was on the table, Harper would have won a majority.

    Dion has no mandate to govern - he was given the worst showing ever in Liberal Party history.

    By Anonymous Dubya, at 1:23 AM  

  • No one voted for the Father of All Deficits, either. If voters knew this was on the table, Harper would have already become leader of the opposition.

    Minds change. Whattyagonnado?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:17 PM  

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