Thursday, December 09, 2010

I won't get that majority 'till the day I die

Finally an explanation for Harper's anemic legislative agenda - he's been practicing.



  • This explains his meetings with all those rock stars. He just wanted some tips, and to jam.

    By Anonymous Matt, at 9:22 AM  

  • With the current Liberal strategy Harper WILL get that majority. Ignatieff keeps waiting for the time when Liberals can beat Harper - even if it will be a minority. That will never happen as long as Ignatieff is leader. The poll numbers clearly show he is neither liked nor respected by a majority of Canadians. That seems true for Harper as well, but not so for those who are supporters of his cause. With Ignatieff, Liberals seem to dislike him at almost the same rate as the rest of Canadians. He cannot win. But what he can do is prop up the the Harper government until they find the best opportunity to strike. And that is exactly what he has done. True, forcing an election at any other time until now would have likely resulted in a Conservative minority, with a few times where a Liberal minority might have been in striking distance. But waiting has only allowed the Conservatives to recover from their errors and wait for THEIR best opportunity to call an election. And that opportunity seems to be coming close. Instead, Ignatieff should vote FOR progressive legislation and vote against EVERY unprogressive bill put in front of the House. No more compromises on unprogressive legislation. It might lead to more progressive legislation or it might lead to an election. It might even lead to people finally respecting and supporting Ignatieff. One way or another I don't care. There will be an election and hopefully we win a minority. That's unlikely but at least then Ignatieff can step down and we can have a real leadership race and real renewal. Ironically, the reason many Liberals supported Ignatieff was because he was an idea man - someone who could renew the party. The part they didn't consider is that his ideas are not in line with basic Liberal philosophy. He supported the Iraq war, he wants to stay in Afghanistan (and probably more so than he lets on publicly), he has at BEST a nuanced view on torture, he wanted to amend the constitution to recognize Quebec as a nation, etc. etc. etc. So his handlers finally realized they needed to shut him up. And so he did. And so now new ideas. It actually might have been the best choice, given his ideas. But it also shows he's the wrong leader. Wrong, wrong wrong. Canadians don't like him and Liberals don't like his ideas much either. Let's just force an election and get this over with, before Harper finds an just the right time to maximize his opportunity to win a majority. Because if Harper does win a majority we'll have four years of very unprogressive government that changes the face of Canada so much we'll truly regret doing what we have been doing for the last year or two. I'm sorry this is so long, but I'm a frustrated Liberal. We know we have the wrong leader, we just don't talk about it. We know we need to replace him and move forward but we don't seem to have any options. But we do. Let's draw a line in the sand and become progressive again. If it forces an election so be it. But Ignatieff won't do that because its not in his interest. Well its about time the caucus and executive started to do something then.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 AM  

  • There's something North Korea Dear Leader about that Harper performance in front of the faithful.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:29 AM  

  • I have a problem with process that the Liberals picked their current leader. I understand it was a tough time after the coalition fell apart but couldn't the Libs done a better job then scraping the leadership race altogeher????

    By OpenID Titanium, at 1:12 PM  

  • I agree Titanium. An immediately 'anointment' was not necessary but even if they thought it was they should have consulted with the membership first. With modern technology this could have been accomplished but the National Executive chose not to.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 PM  

  • I will no longer be voting Liberal as long as that neo-con Ignatieff is at the helm.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 PM  

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