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January 29, 2009

It seems that a major talking point coming from the Liberals is that the NDP is acting immaturely in response to the Liberals decision to support the budget, with a teen breakup being one of the more common metaphors.

But something that’s coming from the Liberals concerns me more.

The major justification you’ll hear from the Liberals for their decision does not stem from the content of the budget (heck, even Iggy will admit that the budget is flawed), but about how brilliant it is political strategy wise. The idea is to barely change the budget so that it will fail to help Canadians, therefore making Canadians angry at the Conservatives, thus letting the Liberals to swoop in and save the day. And the amendment? Oh, that’s just supposedly a way to give the Liberals the ability to be able to start an election every three months or so (that is, if it doesn’t backfire and make the Liberals look weak every three months to vote in favour of the budget amendment).

So let me repeat what is going on here: the Liberals intend to allow Canadians to suffer under an inadequate budget for the times by an inadequate government for the sole reason of boosting their poll numbers. The Liberals are playing political games instead of working to fix the problems faced by Canadians.

I’d say that using the suffering of Canadians for political gain is probably a little more immature then being upset that a quasi-legal agreement meant to help Canadians was unilaterally torn up. But that’s just me.

  1. January 30, 2009 at 3:34 am

    This seems cynical, but I think the coalition was formed because the Conservatives wanted to get rid of the vote subsidy. This would have hurt the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc. Once Harper agreed not to get rid of the subsidy, the coalition was effectively dead.

    It will probably be another two years before we have an election. The Liberals may vote against the next budget; the Bloc will vote for it just to make sure that the Liberals don’t get the power to force an election. Watch the Conservatives to propose a more Quebec-friendly budget next time.

    Jack Layton is visibly upset this week. He lost the most. Without the coalition, he has no power. Under the existing parliament, he has no power to force an election. When an election does take place, the media focus will be on the two-titans: Harper and Ignatieff. I could actually envision a debate between the two without the presence of the other leaders.

    I think for Ignatieff, getting rid of Harper now is not his priority. He can wait a year or two. Getting full control of power two years from now with a majority government is his aim.

  2. tim
    January 30, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Michael and the Liberals are screwed.

    > I think for Ignatieff, getting rid of Harper now is not his priority. He can wait a year or two.

    He is needs to wait a year or two and HOPE Canadians forget.

    Dion let Harper walk over him.
    Michael joined Harper, just one month after Harper set out to completely destroy balanced elections and the Liberals in the process through cutting election funding.

    Ya, Jack Layton has got good reason to be a LITTLE upset.
    How could Michael join Harper after that?

    Michael and the Liberals are screwed. Neither the NDP or the BLOC will ever come to their aid again. Listen to what was said, I am pretty sure they met and more.

    This is NOT probation. Harper has absolute victory.
    The opposition has been divided and conquered. Thanks to Michael joining Harper even after what Harper has done.

  3. anon
    January 30, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I don’t see what to get so upset about. This is just back to the usual. The opposition was divided before the coalition idea. And Harper won the election with more seats and the NDP+Liberals with fewer seats. That’s the election results and the NDP should accept it.

    With the updates, the Liberals are at least involved in scrutinizing Harper. I’m not sure what role Layton plans to play in this government other than talk. I have an NDP MP and, frankly, I don’t expect him to do anything for our area. Really, what can he do?

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