Monday, December 01, 2008

Dear Jean Letter

Monday, December 1, 2008

To our fellow citizens,

Canada is facing a global economic crisis. Since the recent federal election, it has become clear that the government headed by Stephen Harper has no plan, no competence and, no will to effectively address this crisis. Therefore, the majority of Parliament has lost confidence in Mr. Harper’s government, and believes that the formation of a new Government that will effectively, prudently, promptly and competently address these critical economic times is necessary.

The contrast between the inaction of Mr. Harper’s government and the common action taken by all other Western democracies is striking. We cannot accept this.

A majority of Canadians and Quebecers voted for our parties on October 14, 2008. Our Members of Parliament make up 55 percent of the House of Commons.

In light of the critical situation facing our citizens, and the Harper government’s unwillingness and inability to address the crisis, we are resolved to support a new government that will address the interests of the people.

Today we respectfully inform the Governor General that, as soon as the appropriate opportunity arises, she should call on the Leader of the Official Opposition to form a new government, supported as set out in the accompanying accords by all three of our parties.


Hon. Stéphane Dion
Leader, the Liberal Party of Canada

Hon. Jack Layton
Leader, the New Democratic Party of Canada

Gilles Duceppe
Leader, the Bloc Québécois

UPDATE: Full details of the Liberal-NDP accord, and of the three party policy framework can be found here.



  • I love how Gilles Duceppe is not "Honorable."

    By Blogger Dale, at 5:55 p.m.  

  • "A majority of Canadians and Quebecers voted for our parties on October 14, 2008."

    As much as I am disenfranchised with the Conservatives and Harper, I would rather see a Liberal majority government than this.

    The Liberals (and NDP for that matter) are selling their soul. Good job.

    Western political turmoil is likely on the horizon. The second Westerners smell that Quebec is getting special treatment due to this coalition, will mark the end of political stability in this country for some time to come.

    By Blogger Mike Brock, at 5:55 p.m.  

  • I must admit I did cringe at the "Canadians and Quebecers" comment.

    By Blogger Bailey, at 6:06 p.m.  

  • Gilles Duceppe declined to be sworn in as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, which is what confers the "Honourable" title.

    By Blogger Josh, at 6:25 p.m.  

  • "Canadians and Quebecers" was kind of awkward, but the Bloc sees themselves as representing Quebec, so I suppose they had to phrase it that way. After the nation resolution, whatever.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 6:31 p.m.  

  • Uh oh... I think Mike is right about at least some turmoil in the West. Very, very poor choice of words.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:37 p.m.  

  • Get used to it, Bailey. When you are selling your soul, the price just keeps going up and up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:37 p.m.  

  • I'm going to predict that Alberta will not be very happy about this...

    And yeah, I cringed at "Canadians and Quebecers" too.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 7:12 p.m.  

  • Dan -- what do you think about all this? You're an Albertan Liberal, aren't you? I come here for opinion, not the frickin' news!

    And, man, Ignatieff is getting set up, big-time! Bob Rae has something to gain here by muddying the waters and perhaps he can claim some kind of credit later. Ignatieff has jack to gain but zero Liberals west of the Ontario line and no reason to vote Liberal in the province of Quebec in the next election. Rae can risk burning the Lib brand for gain, but Iggy doesn't need to!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 p.m.  

  • Although not agreeing to a new election and calling upon the coalition to form a government is legitimate, I hope the Governor General calls an election.

    I was born in Western Canada. The better option for long term national unity is for the Governor General to opt for a new election.

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 7:49 p.m.  

  • Peter Jay - Check my post yesterday "how this should play out" for my take on things.

    In short, Harper has no one to blame but himself for this because he didn't compromise, but I don't think the idea of this coalition government is very appealing.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 8:15 p.m.  

  • OK, you did, Dan -- just thought you might have a bit more passion on this one. Personally, I'd be pissed off if I was an Albertan Liberal and I'm surprised at how easy-going you are with this potential government. Not that I care about Liberal long-term fortunes.

    Agree with last poster, too. Let's do $300M worth of federal election stimulus. I think Canada will want a do-over rather than this thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 p.m.  

  • I wonder if compromise is still possible - what is interesting in the 1975 Australia case is that the governor-general first played an active role in trying to get Whitlam and Fraser to compromise and pass the government's budget, only afterwards did he give power to Fraser.


    I also wonder if the Alberta Liberals (or some incarnation that replaces them) might not benefit if Stelmach faces a defection to the far right (ie. Alberta separatists).

    How likely is it that we will see some proportion of Albertans embrace separatism (philosophically and tactically, in the soft nationalist sense).

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 11:44 p.m.  

  • Go harper Go!


    Three for Three, 3 for 3.

    harper fails.
    Obama wins.
    Harper falls.

    Three for Three

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:42 a.m.  

  • Thanks Josh -- thought it was probably something like this. It was more fun to think of it as a Freudian slip, though. :-)

    By Blogger Dale, at 12:52 a.m.  

  • "Canadians and Quebecers"

    In a reasonable world, a letter like that would be the end of Mr. Dion's and Mr. Layton's political careers. I have always voted Liberal in federal elections, but I don't think I will be doing so again any time soon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 a.m.  

  • "Canadians and Quebecers"... what a sad statement from two parties that say they support national unity. From everything I am hearing around Calgary, this Lib-NDP-Bloc agreement has people up to NEP levels of anger. It will be interesting to see what sort of blowback will occur whenever they are forced to face the electorate.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:01 p.m.  

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