Thursday, January 28, 2010

Diverging Views on Democracy

Two quotes, from two Tories, both posted on Macleans:

“We have a government that is focused on the economy, focused on safer streets and focused on research and development,” Clement said. “If you don’t agree with that, which is your right, then you can vote us out of office. That’s democracy.”

For [Conservative MP Rob Cannan], prorogation is an opportunity for the Conservative government to concentrate on the economy by implementing the next phase of its economic stimulus program and prepare a new budget.

If parliament was in session then the opposition parties could vote non-confidence and force an election before those tasks are complete. “That’s what we don’t want,” said Cannan.


  • Since when were the Cons worried about an election. Isn't that sort of losing at playing chicken before the game even begins?

    And yes, notice how easy it is to say "vote us out" when the possibility to vote doesn't exist.

    New round of talking points anyone?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 PM  

  • Chretien did it! Chretien did it!

    By Anonymous Dave, at 10:24 PM  

  • Funny, they use the Chretien did it cry and yet Harper's tooting our banking system - you know, the one he lobbied against and voted against when Chretien/Martin brought in the regulations, etc.

    You don't hear them say Chretien did it when Harper toots it do you.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 AM  

  • Hail to King Stephen and his imperial court!!

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:57 AM  

  • What, no quotes from the Chief Comic for the LPC? He who admitted that the Liberal-dominated Senate blocked the Senate Reform packages previously put forward by the Government, then claimed that it represented a promise broken by Stephen Harper.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 12:40 PM  

  • What? You mean the same stephen who used to condemn the LPC cronies in the senate. Now, he's packing the senate with his cronies and insiders.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:53 PM  

  • Paul - Harper has his senate majority. Let's see how much Senate reform he actually brings in.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:33 PM  

  • Dan, the Conservatives do not have a majority in the Senate, even after today's new appointments. What they have is a plurality.

    Yes, we'll have to see what Senate reforms are re-introduced, but for the Liberal Party to claim that Harper broke his promise because the Liberals blocked previous proposals is preposterous.

    Much as today's SCoC ruling that found the Liberal Government of the day violated Khadr's Constitutional rights, yet the Liberals claim this is the fault of the current Conservative Government. (The Supremes ruled that despite the failings of the Liberal Government in 2003 and 2004, the current Government is not required to ask to remove Khadr from his current legal situation and repatriate him to Canada.)

    If, as Iggy claimed again today, Khadr was a Child Soldier, then the question for him is in whose Army was Khadr serving? It certainly wasn't the Canadian forces, nor of the recognized government of Afghanistan.

    But that's rather off topic for this thread; sorry 'bout that.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 3:01 PM  

  • Meh, plurality, majority, what's the difference -- I don't think Harper's going to shake the Senate up much at all. I'm feeling cynical on the topic tonite....

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 1:00 AM  

  • It won't work in actual fact, that is what I suppose.

    By Anonymous personal injury, at 1:44 PM  

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