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An election in the spring?

Liberal MP Garth Turner seems to think so. From his blogposting today:

On the following Monday, the barrage begins. The debate on Afghanistan will hit the floor of the House on that day, followed by the federal budget the next afternoon. Forty-eight hours later, the first budget confidence vote, on a BQ amendment. Then, when I return from speaking to the big Liberal conflab in Halifax the following weekend, there will be the final two budget votes – both confidence and one (likely in the evening of March 3rd) will bring down the government. Of course, this might change. But I doubt it.

I’m not sure if Garth is going on a gut feeling from what he’s heard inside the Liberal caucus, or if he has first-hand knowledge, but this would be a welcome development for some of us in the Liberal netroots who have been waiting for the Nervous Nellies in the Liberal caucus to stop poll-watching or cowering in fear at every Stephen Harper non-confidence threat. They’ve been making the Democratic Party in the US look tough as it comes to their fear of George Bush every time he shouts “Terror, 9/11, Terror” over not getting his way on another security bill that eviscerates more of the US Constitution.

The Democrats in the House finally stood up to this bullying this past week – perhaps that’s a good omen for some of us  that the Liberals might finally get it that standing up to a bully will win you a lot more respect with the electorate for standing up for your principles then sticking your head in the sand, as some of the Liberals have been wont to do, far too many times for some of our liking.

Slightly off-topic, I’d be kind of interested if Liblogs could run an informal poll amongst the members to see if the yearning for an election is as strong amongst the Liberal grass/netroots as it appears from reading many blogposts of Liberals frustrated at some in the Liberal Party who would rather wait for “ideal” conditions –whatever those may be.


3 comments to An election in the spring?

  • Halton Voter

    Garth has been predicting an election for the last year.  Check out the archives of his blog and you will see hes been calling for / predicting an election since early 2007.

    Sooner or later he will be right, right?

  • Irene

    Good morning,

    Mr. Dion has a battle on his hands & its imperative for him to be out in public sending his message to ALL Canadians personally. Why I say this is because, the Media is in Harper’s pocket therefore printing all  innuendos against him big time. Mr. Dion does has his work cut our for him but I think he can do it. Dion, in my view & I’m sure a lot of you people feel the same, is a man of honesty & integrity & would by far, be the best choice on the ballot box to lead Canada through these difficult times coming. All one has to do is read this article in the Financial Post to understand  why Harper is so desperate to have an election now before the sh*t hits the fan. Read the full article here.

    Canada is heading for a record current account deficit of $36-billion in 2009, a lighting speed transformation from a decade of surpluses as the economy realigns itself towards imports from exports.Merrill Lynch forecasts the switch will occur this year as Canada moves to a $20-billion deficit from a surplus of $12-billion in 2007. The deficit will continue to swell in 2009.

    Hope this doesn’t come to pass but it surely looks like it.

    Have a great day

  • My suspicion is that no matter what the papers say, the Liberals will decide whether they want to topple the government February 28. If yes, they will tell the party to vote against the budget. If not, they’ll all abstain or vote yes. There will be no amount of punditry which can see inside the Liberal strategy. I doubt even the Liberals have any idea what they’re doing at this point.

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