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February 3, 2009

It looks like that Ignatieff is allowing the Newfoundland Liberal MPs to vote against the budget.

Question: Why is it okay for Liberals to vote against the budget because it is unfair equalization-wise, but not okay to vote against the budget because it, according to the Liberals: 1) doesn’t go far enough to protect jobs, 2) attacks pay equity for women, 3) misses the opportunity to stimulate the Green Economy; and  4) doesn’t have a clear plan for getting out of deficit?

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  1. janfromthebruce
    February 3, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    window dressing.

  2. February 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Because of our electoral system.

    Newfoundlanders are concentrated in a handful of ridings, so doing something that systemically disadvantages Newfoundlanders will result in a group of them changing their votes which will result in those seats changing hands.

    Women and workers are spread throughout the country. So even if a fairly sizable chunk change their votes away from the Liberals, the net impact in terms of seats is lower than that of alienating a particular region.

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