Saturday, September 19, 2009

Days of our Parliamentary Lives

Man, this fall election is more "on again / off again" than Ross and Rachel.

When we last left you, the election had been delayed, thanks to the NDP's courageous/cowardly decision to "get results for people"/"roll over". So, that was that, we could all sit back and focus on the new season of Survivor, and leave the drama behind.

Or so we thought. Dun dun dun!

The Liberals mischievously announced they'd help fast track the EI legislation, potentially getting it through the House by the time their non-confidence vote comes up in early October. Because, after all, nothing gets our parliamentarians working together like the thought of screwing each other over...

At this point, things get a bit murky - the NDP want to amend the legislation, an ideas the Tories are cool to.

Presumably the NDP are going to filibuster the stuffin' out of this legislation to avoid it passing, but it's unclear how long they can stall for. Jack has also suggested the somewhat comical notion that the NDP might keep parliament alive in the hope of getting private members bills through - that's a pretty small fig leaf that everyone in Ottawa will see through right away, but if he needs an excuse, that might be it.

So, stay tuned.



  • You can start planning your fall vacations again, because the Bloc Quebecois killed the fasttracking idea completely by refusing to send the EI Bill to committee on yesterday.

    So the House rose and the EI bill remains in limbo. There's NO WAY it will pass before the Liberal confidence vote, it may not even get to first reading, let alone second by that time. Who knows when the next confidence opportunity is after that? Novemeber?

    So the NDP didn't have to filibuster, maybe it's the Bloc that really doesn't want an election?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:47 PM  

  • Man, this fall election is more "on again / off again" than Ross and Rachel.

    More like Josh and Reba.

    By Blogger Greg, at 1:21 PM  

  • Hmmm... while the NDP props up the Tories, the Bloc props them both up. Maybe the Bloc's long game is to buy time in hope the NDP and Tory polling numbers can recover in Quebec. Afterall, their interest is in having the federalist vote dissipated among three viable (albeit remotely)alternatives.

    Or, it might just be about pensions for the class of 2004.

    By Blogger Mark, at 1:43 PM  

  • Great advice in your op'd in the National Post.

    The next few weeks the new improved official opposition will return to normal. Will Canadians be impressed?

    Bodybags, amateur hour, socialist separtist coalition. All in twenty four hours from this impressive leader.

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 2:17 PM  

  • Layton qualifies for a pension in about a year.

    Many Tories and BLOC qualify for pensions in about a year.

    You do the math......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 PM  

  • The last thing the BQ wants is for NDP support in Quebec to go up. When the NDP gains ground in Quebec about 90% of it is from ex-BQ voters.

    By Blogger DL, at 6:07 PM  

  • I can sense a turning of the tide.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 1:26 AM  

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