12.04.2008

this is a dark day for canada

It is unsurprising that Stephen Harper would rather pull the plug on the House of Commons than face a no-confidence vote. It is deeply disappointing that Her Excellency the Governor General assented to his plans.

Harper has lost the confidence of the House of Commons, and parliamentary democracy demands he lose the privilege of governing. Instead, he demonizes one party, questions the patriotism of all the opposition parties, and hides behind a parliamentary sleight of hand.

Today Harper had the hypocritical gall to talk about working together, when he does nothing but divide and play politics. Now he plays the ultimate political game, as he takes his marbles and stomps off.

He is a liar, a hypocrite, an embarrassment to Canada and an enemy of democracy. The sooner we are rid of his Government the better. Canadians who are so afraid of the word "coalition" that they prefer a dictatorship need to wake up and educate themselves.

He won't be rid of this Government on December 8, but it surely will fall at the end of January.

Of course I am worried about keeping all the war resisters safe in Canada until then.

Harper kept repeating that this week "the people spoke", presumably referring to partisan emails from the Conservative supporters. Now the people must speak, constantly, and loudly. We must express our outrage in the Conservatives and our support for the coalition government.

38 comments:

Nikolas said...

Sigh...I feel that same sense of dread that came over me after The Supreme Court voted in favour of Bush vs. Gore.

The only sliver of hope I have is that he can never win in Quebec now, and I have always been told without Quebec and Ontario you can't win a majority.

L-girl said...

I feel that same sense of dread that came over me after The Supreme Court voted in favour of Bush vs. Gore.

I mentioned that today! Waiting for Harper to emerge from the meeting w/ the GG felt like waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the results of the 2000 stolen election.

The only sliver of hope I have is that he can never win in Quebec now, and I have always been told without Quebec and Ontario you can't win a majority.

There is more than a sliver of hope. I believe the coalition can hold together. Running against a Liberal-NDP coalition supported by the Bloc, the Conservatives will lose.

I have great hopes for this. We have to help make it happen!

Karen said...

It's sad to say that what happened today is fully what I expected. I guess at least I didn't have my hopes up. I'm looking forward however to the end of January. I just hope that the Coalition can keep up a momentum and drum up more public support. I plan to do as much talking about it as I can (and blogging).

I agree with Nikolas as well. It is sweet justice that he will now never have Quebec.

Unfortunately, Harper's draconian tactics fail to surprise me now. What does surprise me is how so many Canadians are blind to it.

I like your optimism, Laura and plan to adopt it.

the regina mom said...

He is a liar, a hypocrite, an embarrassment to Canada and an enemy of democracy. The sooner we are rid of his Government the better. Canadians who are so afraid of the word "coalition" that they prefer a dictatorship need to wake up and educate themselves.

Well put!

L-girl said...

I don't think too many people were surprised by this.

But I do think it's important to keep hopeful. When we lose hope, we lose the incentive to work for change. And if we don't work for change, we won't get it.

So hope, for me, is a necessary condition of making change.

Karen and Regina Mom, thank you!

redsock said...

Well, I'm surprised. Or dismayed.

I'm saddened that the GG agreed to go along with Harper's transparent attempt to salvage his political career.

HITF* has yet to offer a coherent reason for his actions. He has offered only lies and bluster in the House, in last night's address, and in his comments after meeting the GG.

(* Hair In The Fridge)

redsock said...

Also WTF is up with this?

People: "Why can't those damn politicians get past their differences and work together?"

(3 of the 4 parties form a coalition to get past their differences and work together)

People: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

L-girl said...

People: "Why can't those damn politicians get past their differences and work together?"

(3 of the 4 parties form a coalition to get past their differences and work together)

People: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


And: overturning election, coup, supposedly voting for someone for Prime Minister, illegal coalition, etc. etc.

Many Canadians have been speaking and behaving very ignorantly. I rarely defend USians against Canadians' stereotypes, but they should tread a little more carefully in the future. They haven't looked so smart this week.

L-girl said...

Perhaps with six weeks to get used to the idea, people can come to feel the coalition is a good and viable possibility.

And between that and Harper's shameless, spineless subversion of democracy, perhaps the time off will work against Harper.

redsock said...

And: overturning election, coup, supposedly voting for someone for Prime Minister, illegal coalition, etc. etc.

Could the media be giving the idiots more air/print time?

redsock said...

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L-girl said...

Hey, thanks for the new plug!

Plus: the heat is on!

L-girl said...

I've just heard there were thousands of pro-coalition demonstrators on Parliament Hill today. Anyone hear any mention of that?

Kevin said...

From a confused USian here, does this mean that the vote would be postponed until the meeting in January or that the GG will call an election in January?

Harper's use of "bring it to the voters" confuses the hades out of me.

L-girl said...

From a confused USian here, does this mean that the vote would be postponed until the meeting in January or that the GG will call an election in January?

Parliament will return Jan 26. Harper will put forth a budget, the Opposition will vote it down, and that will trigger an election.

That is the most likely scenario.

So Harper has bought himself time for more PR campaign, and rolled the dice on an election. With a confidence motion this Monday, he lost for sure. With an election, he has a chance.

redsock said...

And so the man who says it's very important that politicans get back to work has arranged it so no one will do a fucking thing until March or April.

Cowardly asshole.

Kevin said...

Thank you L-Girl.

I'd love nothing more than to see Harper's government lose a 2nd federal election, but with non-proportional government, I'm not going to hold my breath.

L-girl said...

Kevin, we expect the Liberals and the NDP to run as a coalition. This could make all the difference.

tornwordo said...

I couldn't bear to listen to his address last night. Dictator cubed! He really is clueless as to what it means to be the PM of a minority govt. When I saw the GG cave to his whining today, I saw Bush vs Gore and Florida and the Supreme Court all over again. F$*kers!

redsock said...

I wish the GG would explain her decision, because every single "reason" Harper has given so far has been nothing but transparent, inaccurate bullshit.

I wonder how the Cons will react in the future when a Liberal minority PM says he's gonna prorogue to avoid a confidence motion. ... Actually, I already know how they will react. They will howl and moan about how wrong and cowardly it is. Shitheads.

impudent strumpet said...

Kevin: it's confusing because Harper's doing it wrong. He's making a big deal out of the coalition, but that's completely unproductive for him to be doing.

Even if every single Canadian decides the coalition is evil, that's not going to stop Harper's government from falling. What he needs to not fall is for the next vote on economic policy (originally the recent fiscal update, now it's going to be the January budget) to pass. To do this, he either has to try to sway public opinion in favour of his economic policy (perhaps he could start by stating it in concrete terms?) so people would pressure their MPs to vote in favour, or he'd have to prepare economic policy that the other parties don't find objectionable. This all started because the economic policy statement was insufficient, and it isn't going to end until we have an mutually-acceptable economic policy in place.

The coalition is distracting us because it's cool and interesting and we've never seen one before, but (apart from the formation of the coalition itself) there's nowhere in our parliamentary process where public opinion on the coalition is relevant. The real issue is economic policy. Which we now have to do without until January.

Andrea said...

I wish the GG would explain her decision, because every single "reason" Harper has given so far has been nothing but transparent, inaccurate bullshit.

I agree - I would really like to know her reasoning behind this. I really like her and I was pretty sure that most of what she stood for was nothing what the PC's stand for. I am shocked that she bowed to him. I knew he would ask but I will say I am a little surprised with the outcome. She had other options much more positive options to use.

What annoys the crap out of me is my overly conservative office (I swear I am the only open liberal thinking person here) think they have won something and yet they have no idea what actually happened. My one friend has only listened to the words of her PC MP office working cousin and has taken everything she said as gods truth and has made no attempt to learn anything about what happened. It sickens me.

L-girl said...

The real issue is economic policy. Which we now have to do without until January.

Probably longer than that. Parliament returns on Jan 26, then an election will probably be triggered.

L-girl said...

In response to what Andrea, Redsock and others have said, I was pretty shocked that the GG gave in to him too.

I thought she would reject the completly self-serving, partisan nature of his request and allow the no-confidence vote to proceed on Monday.

My "I don't think too many people were surprised" comment was really a knee-jerk response to something I really - and completely irrationally - dislike.

L-girl said...

GG's decision sets very dangerous precedent, says constitutional expert.

redsock said...

"When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is when it's rapidly losing its moral authority to govern."

Stephen Harper, 2005

***

Hypocritical asstard.

L-girl said...

I've seen that quote in a few places today. Does anyone have a link for it?

Right now I'm wearing a t-shirt that says:

"The Prime Minister has the moral responsibility to respect the rule of the House" - Stephen Harper, April 2005

redsock said...

I have a date for it: April 18, 2005.

L-girl said...

Are you shitting me? I think that's the same date as my t-shirt. BRB

L-girl said...

OK, the t-shirt only says April, 2005, but when someone in the Campaign finally located the quote, it was April 2005, and April 18 rings a bell. I guess I could look in Hansards.

impudent strumpet said...

April 13, 2005

L-girl said...

You rock.

Kim_in_TO said...

FYI: I had that date in one of my blog posts. I got the information here!

:)

L-girl said...

FYI: I had that date in one of my blog posts. I got the information here!

:)


Ha! I hope you don't expect me to remember every one of my posts?! :)

John F said...

I've seen a couple of news stories in the last day highlighting Harper's "contrite" stance since the GG made her decision. Apparently, NOW he's going to work with the other parties!

Yeah, right.

I think the coalition will hold together, and ultimately defeat the Conservatives, in part because Harper will not be able to resist trying to stick it to them some more. I don't know what form it will take (perhaps mandatory RFID tagging for non-Tory MPs :-), but it will come. And then he'll be out.

L-girl said...

John, I agree! I'm glad to hear you say so, too.

L-girl said...

(perhaps mandatory RFID tagging for non-Tory MPs :-)

Or perhaps all Tories must convert to Fisher Price hair?

Kevin said...

@impudent strumpet

Thank you. I must admit while I'm studying up on Parlimentary Democracy, the recent times in Canada have definitely helped me see this in action.

Thank you, and also to you L-girl for the space for this USian to learn.