Monday, June 21, 2010

I Know What You'll Do This Summer

Last year, the spring session came to a close with a crash - parliamentary brinkmanship and an EI deal between the Liberals and Conservatives that set up a summer of heightened election preparations and speculation.

This year, we limp into the summer recess.

So what's in store for the political parties this summer after a miserably unproductive spring session of Parliament? Below is a quick look at how the party leaders will spend their summer vacations:

Stephen Harper

This week, Stephen hosts a modest garden party at the lake with 19 of his closest friends. For the taxpayers this will be a BYOB affair - bring your own billion.

The week after, he'll be showing the Queen around her colony. Presumably, after they've shared pictures and played Rock Band at 24 Sussex, the subject of her royal highnesses' representative in Canada will come up. After all, Harper will name a new Governor General this summer.

After that, it's possible the Conservatives will take a page from their 2008 playbook and prepare for a fall election. More likely, they'll stay relatively quiet, planning for the year ahead. After a meager year legislatively, they'll want to come back in the fall with some sort of agenda to implement (right?), and the summer will be a good time to map that out.

Michael Ignatieff

After being criticized as the invisible man last summer, Michael Ignatieff's summer 2010 calendar is filling up quickly, with a coast to coast bus tour and a trip to China. Presumably he'll be allowed a week off at some point, to think thoughts in Algonquin Park.

Unlike last year, I wouldn't expect any brash threats to topple the government this August. Rather, the Liberals will make sure they're ready for a campaign...just in case.

Jack Layton

I'd expect a low-key summer from the NDP - Jack will get some well deserved rest to focus on his health. The one exception will likely be Canada Day - not because of the celebrations, but because the NDP hopes to make the HST their wedge issue in BC and Ontario.

Behind the scenes, the party will need to figure out how to handle the gun registry bill when it comes up for a vote this fall - with Ignatieff whipping his MPs, the registry's future is now in Layton's hands.

Elizabeth May

If I were Elizabeth May, I'd take this opportunity to door knock as many houses as possible in Saanich-Gulf Islands. Flip every burger that needs flipping. Tricycle to every mundane community event.

Gilles Duceppe

Have a hot dog. Sunbathe on the Plains of Abraham. Those are the perks of the easiest job in politics.


  • Ignatieff's bobble head doesn't look like him at all and Harper's hair needs to be grey.

    Besides that the summer will be interesting, I'll be very interested to see if Ignatieff can become at all liked by Canadians.

    By Blogger Jordan, at 8:15 p.m.  

  • It would be nice if the Green Party could score a seat or two...

    By Anonymous Jacques Beau Verte, at 9:39 p.m.  

  • Woah, who made these bobbleheads? I'd buy the lot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 p.m.  

  • What would be the drink of choice of the leaders? Actually, do any of them actually drink (besides Ignatieff who's a man who'd know his wine). The thought of Harper drinking a 50 is odd.

    Any thoughts on Ignatieff's oil tanker comments for BC? I take it they aren't exactly following your play-book.

    By Anonymous Bjorn, at 10:23 p.m.  

  • Behind the scenes, the party will need to figure out how to handle the gun registry bill when it comes up for a vote this fall - with Ignatieff whipping his MPs, the registry's future is now in Layton's hands.

    Too right. This one has the potential to cause Layton a lot of misery.

    By Blogger Greg, at 6:42 a.m.  

  • The bobbleheads poped up on another blog a month ago - I don't think they're actually for sale...someone was trying to sell them to the political parties themselves as a bulk deal.

    But if you bring in a picture, Black's will do custome bobleheads like that, so the opportunity is there to make your own if you really want one (and I personally agree the Iggy one above isn't very good).

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:32 a.m.  

  • Bjorn - the gulf spill is a big deal so I don't really have a problem with Iggy's comments.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:33 a.m.  

  • "the Iggy one above isn't very good"

    That says a lot right there, doesn't it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:07 p.m.  

  • No, it actually does not say a lot.

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

  • Really effective info, thanks so much for the post.

    By Anonymous, at 3:24 p.m.  

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