Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Standing in is own pile of bull shit

"We are clear," Harper said at a news conference at the national archives in Ottawa. "You can only have certainty about a fixed election date in the context of a majority government.

Uh huh.

So why didn't it say that in the amendment?

each general election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election, with the first general election after this section comes into force being held on Monday, 19 October 2009.

Because that wasn't what the bill was meant to do.

then-government House leader Rob Nicholson insisted [fixed elections] was "an idea whose time has come." And the idea, he said, was to limit a prime minister's ability to dissolve Parliament at a time of his own choice. The change "would help to level the playing field for general elections." The public would no longer face surprise elections; political parties would benefit from a regular electoral timetable; Parliament would be free to plan its business over stable four-year terms

the bill was a solemn declaration of Stephen Harper's intent. "This Prime Minister," Mr. Nicholson insisted, "will live by the law and the spirit of this particular piece of legislation." Another Conservative MP declared that Mr. Harper was giving up a power "that past prime ministers ... have used like a club." Months earlier, the Prime Minister himself told the House that "the government is clear that it will not be seeking an early election. At any time, Parliament can defeat the government and provoke an early election, if that is what the opposition irresponsibly chooses to do."

It is clear to me that since the opposition isn't choosing to be irresponsible, the Prime Minister has chosen to fulfill that role.

1 comment:

Ken Breadner said...

For such a smartass, Harper often resembles such a dumbass...
First of all, this election will change nothing. At best Dion will get a few more seats, but I don't think he has enough gumption to parlay an unpopular Green Shift and various Conservative misdoings into even a minority government of his own. Likewise Harper, after what even his foes admitted was a not-half-bad start, has fizzled...but not enough to alienate his core or sway a huge number of independent voters away from him. So: waste of time, waste of money.
But--if I'm wrong and Dion actually *has* a pair and a spine, he can play this whole fiasco into a solid win. Canadians don't like unnecessary elections, and tend to punish the party that calls them. As much as Harper would like to pretend otherwise, that party is him.