Wednesday, September 16, 2009

And the little one said "roll over, roll over"...

NDP to prop up Tories until EI money flows

The NDP say they will vote to prop up the Conservative government this week and for some time – probably through the fall – if the Harper government follows through on promises to expand employment-insurance benefits.

The New Democrats deputy leader, Thomas Mulcair, expressed his party's inclination to keep Stephen Harper's government alive until the employment-insurance money flows.

Speaking to reporters after a Wednesday morning caucus meeting, Mr. Mulcair, said his party wants to back an EI expansion promised by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley – as long as the $1-billion in extra funding is really there when the details come out.

12 Comments:

  • "Mr. Mulcair, said his party wants to back an EI expansion promised by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley – as long as the $1-billion in extra funding is really there when the details come out."

    Isn't it a little too late at that point? Lots of money that's been promised certainly has been flowing.

    But then again it gives the NDP something to complain about when the Cons raise the EI rates - each year for the next five years was it?

    Is this a tax that's not a tax?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 PM  

  • Let's not let misinformation go uncorrected: as was pointed out in the House earlier this week, under Conservative reforms the EI rates are set by an independent board, not by the Government.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 2:41 PM  

  • Paul, and that is how the government froze rates for the past few years? How did the government freeze them if they have no control?

    Plus, the Conservatives created the board, which operates under the Conservative regulation that requires EI be cost neutral, and the regulation must be written in a way to require premature premium increases.

    The Conservatives wear this one 100% Paul.

    By Blogger Kyle G. Olsen, at 3:12 PM  

  • How long would it take for EI to pass?

    By Anonymous Sean, at 5:08 PM  

  • "the EI rates are set by an independent board"

    And the Cons intend to raise EI premiums to the full amount allowed.


    "How long would it take for EI to pass?"

    As long as they want it to take. Look at the HRTC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:27 PM  

  • Unless this is a massive bluff on the NDP's part, I don't get it. They can easily take the high road and vote against the Ways and Means this Friday safe in the knowledge the Bloq has their backs for that vote to keep them in session - and probably on through October. My take is: the Bloq doesn't want to tie up the separatist campaign resources until after the Montreal municipal election is out of the way.

    By Blogger Scott in Montreal, at 5:49 PM  

  • The NDP is behind on fundraising goals, is down in the polls, and may have lost their ad agency in Quebec.

    The Liberals are going to try hard to bleed their support. There's a mushy centre-left vote the Liberals could pick up.

    I think the Liberals have more than just a very short-term strategy here.

    By Blogger Mark Francis, at 6:55 PM  

  • Wow! look who's jumping into bed with the "socialists and seperatists" now! It ain't the liberals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

  • Wow! look who's jumping into bed with the "socialists and seperatists" now! It ain't the liberals.

    Right! Because throwing a third-party a bone to avoid an election is equivalent to forming a coalition to immediately overturn the will of Canadians because there was a risk of your party's precious taxpayer subsidies being taken away.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:15 AM  

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    By Blogger leonsp, at 3:20 PM  

  • @leonsp: According to your logic, Parliament should simply fold and go home, since the majority of Canadians didn't even vote.

    You might try responding by claiming that millions of Canadians aren't even eligible to vote, but that only weakens your point further.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 3:38 PM  

  • A plurality of the seats is not a mandate. There is no will of Canadians in a plurality. More Canadians voted for the Libs, NDP, and Bloc than for the Cons.

    Seriously?

    I mean, come on.

    Canadians choose a house with far more Conservatives than any other party, and far more than they've had in a long time, while simultaneously knocking the Liberals down to a near-historic low, and you don't think Canadians are telling them to at least make an ATTEMPT to let the Conservatives govern?

    You think the Canadians actually were (at worst) ambivalent to the prospect of the reigns of power immediately going to anyone in any party EXCEPT the ones to which they just gave the most seats.

    Come on!

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 4:55 PM  

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