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Liberals Can’t Read?

March 12, 2009

First the Liberals shove the Harper budget down our throats for the purpose of making Canadians suffer so that they’d lash out and vote against the Conservatives.

Now, the Liberals are basically admitting that they didn’t read the budget.

I mean, how else do you explain this confusion over timelines:

Ignatieff said Liberal senators acted “with dispatch” after learning the government had backdated EI eligibility to two weeks of royal assent and that claimants would lose two weeks of benefits if the bill didn’t get passed immediately.

Liberal senators had previously said they wanted to examine the budget document and that it would be passed by March 27. They believed none of the budget measures would take effect until April 1.

Okay, there might be an alternative explanation: the Liberals decided to flip-flop on their position and are using this as their weak excuse to do so.

Either way, these actions by the Liberals are quite insulting to the Canadian public.

  1. SteveV
    March 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hey, at least they tried to read it , unlike some people 😉

  2. SteveV
    March 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Who needs spin, when the facts SCREAM. Shall we rehash the chronology?

    • March 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      Chronology? Lemme see.

      -Harper delivers and passes bad budget.
      -Harper delivers and passes bad budget.
      -Harper delivers and passes bad financial update. Seeing a pattern here, opposition parties attempt to form a stable coalition and accord.
      -Harper leaks details of budget, bad points of financial update are not removed, except for electoral financing.
      -Harper delivers and passes bad budget. Liberals let them. Liberal Plan is to attempt to let Canadians suffer and hoping they pin the blame for the economy and their hardship on the Conservative Party. Cycle goes on

      Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Ya can’t be ignorant of that simple fact.

  3. anon
    March 13, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Apparently Flaherty hadn’t read it either as he couldn’t answer the question about it in senate. It was buried and written in some convoluted and contradictory way that it required legal advice on its interpretation. Probably written by the same guy who wrote Canada’s fixed election date law.

  4. March 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

    From another blog:

    * Buried inside this omnibus bill is a provision that allows the five-week extension of EI benefits to be applied retroactively from the date the bill receives royal assent by approximately two weeks.

    * This is contradicted by the budget, which has no funding identified for extended EI benefits before March 31st (page 121) and the government’s own accountability report at page 74 which states that “Funding to Flow/Benefits Available – April.”

    * The passage of this bill will ensure that eligibility for extended EI benefits will be available immediately.

    * The provision itself reads:

    Coming into Force

    231. (1) Subsection 224(1) is deemed to have come into force on the second Sunday before the day on which this Act receives royal assent.

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