Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Fortnight to Remember...or Forget

It may not have been politics at its finest, it may not have inspired. But, hell, it sure was something to watch, eh? So if you happened to have been out of the country for the past two weeks, here's what you missed.

November 26th: With a recession looming and Canadians losing their jobs, Stephen Harper decides the best way to turn the situation around is to...go for the jugular. In these tough economic times, opposition parties are a luxury we simply cannot afford.

November 27th: All hell breaks loose.

November 28th: Harper pulls the changes to the public financing rules, averting a messy showdown...or not.

November 28th: Harper postpones confidence votes and opposition days. But this is way different than when Paul Martin did it. Really.

November 29th: The Tories strike the anti-strike legislation from the fiscal update and announced a January 27th budget.

November 30th: The Tories pull a Grewal and tape an NDP conference call hinting at a secret NDP-Bloc deal.

December 1st: John Ivison announces that Michael Ignatieff will lead the coalition government. His sources weren't wrong, they were just ahead of their time.

December 1st - a few hours later: The coalition leaders meet and sign an accord, with Dion as leader. Hey, who invited Gilles Duceppe?

December 2nd: Tory attack ads begin airing.

December 2nd: "Separatists, traitors, betraying Canada, separatists, power grab, separatists, they didn't even have a canadian flag behind them!"

December 2nd: Michaelle Jean cuts her vacation short...again.

December 3rd: If you'd told me a week ago that a webcam video would force a politician to resign, I would have guessed you were talking about Maxime Bernier. Alas, Dion's address to the nation arrives late, out of focus, and with the production values of a Tory attack ad.

December 4th: After forcing the PM to sit through a two and a half hour slide-slow of vacation pictures, Michaelle Jean agrees to prorogue Parliament. After all, confidence in the House of Commons is like the stock market; you haven't lost money until you sell, and you haven't lost confidence until they vote.

December 6th: Are you for democracy? If so, there were several competing ways to express your support for democracy...and to voice your displeasure over what you thought was the worst thing to ever happen in the history of Canada - regardless of what specifically you thought that was.

December 8th - morning: Just over three years after winning the leadership, Dion resigns...again.

December 8th - afternoon: Dominic LeBlanc drops out and tosses his support to Michael Ignatieff.

December 8th - late night: Some people wanted 137 Liberal MPs and Senators to pick the next leader. Others wanted 68,000 Liberals to. The National Executive splits the difference and enfranchises a couple hundred party officials.

December 8th - later night: Did landing on CNN make this crisis important? No. Did landing as the number 3 story on google news make this crisis important? No. This story became important the minute it got the lead on the Daily Show.

December 9th: Ready to Roll...over. Bob Rae drops out of the race, handing the crown to his old roommate, Michael Ignatieff.

48 hours in 14 seconds
My uneasiness with the coalition
What If History: Martin Prorogues
How the Grinch Prorogued Parliament



  • His sources weren't wrong, they were just ahead of their time.

    Ba dum bum! How do you do it?! I love it.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 11:43 p.m.  

  • Hi CG



    Excellent input on THE AGENDA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 a.m.  

  • Rex Murphy describe the events as harper's near death experience.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:13 a.m.  

  • I know I'm pretty fawning with praise sometimes, but I'm not easy to impress and what can I say, you impress me. Anyway -- nobody was interesting on Paikin's show except for you, they should have cancelled all the partisans and had a sitdown with you instead. I hope they invite you back.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 12:25 a.m.  

  • CC - When were you on The Agenda? I can go watch it at TVO if I know the date. Thanks.

    By Blogger penlan, at 7:48 a.m.  

  • You missed the part where the CPC shot to between 51 and 44 percent in the polls due to coalition-revulsion.

    By Anonymous tjk, at 11:29 a.m.  

  • In his interviews he has very little hand gestures and changes his facial expression very little. He is very focused and very calculating. He makes Harper look like the warm human one.

    If Ignatieff were an animal he would be a snake.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:51 p.m.  

  • tjk: What are those polling numbers now? After shutting down parliament, locking out MPs and taking a vacation in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in a century. (oh, but not a full vacation, he still has time to make those plum patronage appointments that he promised he wouldn't...)

    I suspect he'll be down a few points this week...

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  • In fairness, the secretly taped conversations revealed that the coalition pre-dates Harper's attempt to destroy the opposition parties. His attempt merely acted as a catalyst to bring over the fence-sitters.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 3:16 p.m.  

  • Anon: Those same polls also indicated Canadians were in favor of either prorogation or another election.

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