Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Times, They Are A Changin'

February 12th: "Canadians are concerned about the economy right now, they don't want to see politicians playing political games at the moment," the Prime Minister's communications director, Kory Teneycke, said, explaining why they haven't done to Mr. Ignatieff what they did to Mr. Dion. "But we're not focused on politics right now. We're not planning to go to a campaign right now."

March 1st: The Conservatives are scouring hundreds of hours of videotape as they prepare to pummel their key rival Michael Ignatieff with attack ads leading up to the next election.



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    By Blogger Tiny Perfect Blog, at 11:03 p.m.  

  • oh, I don't know about that, tpb. I think Iggy may just pull the plug now and get kudos for having tried to work with the Harper crowd but doesn't intend to give them the blank check they feel they "deserve."

    An election on "Who do you trust?" Love it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:09 p.m.  

  • Harper is still on probation.

    Ignatieff demands stimulus details
    Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    CBC News
    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff demanded more accountability before signing off on the government's plans to stimulate the economy Tuesday, accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of playing politics and making threats while the Canadian economy deteriorates further.

    "We want accountability before we vote, and we want accountability after we vote," Ignatieff told reporters in Ottawa.

    "We cannot write a blank cheque on $3 billion worth of stimulus. We have to have some indication of what this is going to be spent on."

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:09 p.m.  

  • This is great, the longer it takes to delay the passage of the money bills the less it will cost Canadaians. We need the stimulus debt like a hole in the head.
    Keep up the delay tactics Iggy, Harper was reluctant to get into this debt position to begin with.
    The next election I might have to figure out a way to vote for both of you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 a.m.  

  • Iggy is 'demanding accountability' but his only hammer is a motion he put on the order paper. Motions are not matters of confidence, and not binding on the government (Paul Martin lost these kinds of motions all the time).

    I've yet to hear the Liberals say - if we don't find out where the money is going, we will vote against the budget. And I don't believe we will hear it, because a party with a $6 million debt doesn't want to go to the polls.

    Had Ignatief not thrown away the coalition option, there would be a way to get rid of Harper without an election - but that option is now gone.

    By Blogger Tiny Perfect Blog, at 1:34 p.m.  

  • Debt or not, Iggy will force an election in the summer when the economy is bad enough and enough Canadians are broke and out of work. And win.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 2:12 p.m.  

  • In keeping with the theme of the post:

    Iggy 2002

    "Two years ago, an American friend took me on a helicopter ride from Jerusalem to the Golan Heights over the Palestinian West Bank. He wanted to show me how vulnerable Israel was, how the Arabs only had to cross 11km of land to reach the sea and throw the Israelis into it. I got this message but I also came away with another one. When I looked down at the West Bank, at the settlements like Crusader forts occupying the high ground, at the Israeli security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan, I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginnings of one, but at a Bantustan, one of those pseudo-states created in the dying years of [b]apartheid[/b] to keep the African population under control."

    Iggy 2009

    "International law defines “apartheid” as a crime against humanity. Labelling Israel as an “apartheid” state is a deliberate attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state itself."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 p.m.  

  • The whole "on probation" thing still confuses me to a certain extent. I mean, minority governments are always on probation.

    But good on Iggy for finding a way to prop up this government and look better doing it than Dion did.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:33 p.m.  

  • Outside of the echo chamber of Liberal magical thinking, I don't see how Iggy looks any better.

    Being 'on probation' just means the Liberals have more chances to prove how little spine they have.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 p.m.  

  • Hey, there's a great deal of effective info here!

    By Anonymous, at 5:24 p.m.  

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