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Some thoughts on poroguement.

So Harper got his prorogue request approved from the GG – but only after taking about 2 hrs to apparently convince her she should. That means Parliament is on hold until Jan 26th. I’m disappointed but not entirely unsurprised. So, here are my thoughts on the press conference he held after, which I can sum up this way:

The mess that was created by me wasn’t actually my fault and I have nothing to apologize for.

I’m going to try and woo opposition (see Liberal) MP’s to work with me.

We need to rebuild trust (though how you think you’re the person to do that after this is beyond me)

I’ve decided to write off Quebec for the foreseeable future for the Conservative Party by demonizing the party that had the most % of votes and seats in that province. (That will do wonders with the voters there, I’m sure – Bloc or non-Bloc. No one likes it when you’re more or less calling the province those folks live in full of traitors).

As for the reaction of the opposition, I’m sure more official statements will be forthcoming, but I see Bob Rae has been on TV and is vowing to bring down this government anyhow, when it comes back in January. Good for him. More Liberals will need to be out saying that, as the media – particularly the overwhelming Conservative-dominated media in this country – will now run memes of how “The Coalition is doomed” or more accurately, “The Liberals will crack”.

Finally.. I think the bottom line for Liberals should be that unless Harper resigns, a more conciliatory leader put in place and an addressing of the stimulus package conditions put in place, that they make clear Harper’s government will still be voted down on January 26th when he does his Throne Speech (a do-over, as it were).

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7 comments to Some thoughts on poroguement.

  • Martin L.

    I stopped by Rideau Hall this morning. As I saw the group of Conservative staffers cheering him him, it reminded me of the Tale of Sir Robin from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwuTo7zKM8

    Brave Sir Robin ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away!
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out.
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!

  • Anon

    Because the GG was in a tough spot either way, I had thought that she would at least take a few days to consult constitutional experts more widely before she made her decision.

    If this results in a firmer coalition between the Libs, NDP and Green in the next election to run only one candidate against the Cons, this might actually be a good thing in the long run.

  • Roll Tide

    Liberals are relieved that they will not have to suffer defending Dion as PM.
    Especially after last nights fiasco.

  • Kevin T.

    The GG has just proven beyond a doubt that the position is but an empty vessel for PR purposes. It has no weight or depth when it comes to making hard decisions. While she looks good and gets good ink for looking good, Michaele Jean is a lightweight who cratered in the face of history, and that is what she will be remembered for, kind of like the Supreme COurt Justices who gave Bush the Presidency by disregarding due process and basic decency. Jean let Harper remain PM by giving him an undeserved and unparliamentary pass. She should be ashamed.

  • Tim N

    Finally.. I think the bottom line for Liberals should be that unless Harper resigns, a more conciliatory leader put in place and an addressing of the stimulus package conditions put in place, that they make clear Harper’s government will still be voted down on January 26th when he does his Throne Speech (a do-over, as it were).

    Absolutely 100% agree.

    Liberals should also move up the leadership vote – to, like, now – and get a new leader in.

  • mushroom

    The prorogue also means one thing.

    The Governor-General will highly likely grant Harper a dissolution if it is requested.

    We will probably be voting in March 2009.

    It is called falling on an issue of the government’s choosing.

    We now have a hung parliament, which is still not bad if you are the Opposition.

    Dion, Layton, and May may also consider running together as one ticket. Let’s see if Harper has truly helped to unite the left.

  • sb

    Good summary.

    But you need to go further.

    In suspending Parliament, the Monarchy and the Conservative PM have just tossed aside the first principles of Canadian democracy, namely, “responsible” and “representative” government.

    It is quite possible that we are now being governed by an unconstitutional regime.

    But I agree with this question: Will the Liberals cave-in as usual?

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