|Quoting Jamincan (Reply 22):|
Back in 2004 I think, Stephen Harper, alongside Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe wrote a letter to Adrienne Clarkson that should they topple the government, they would wish for her to consider the CPC propped up by the other two parties as a potential alternative before calling an election. And quite frankly, the Bloc Quebecois have as legitimate voice in parliament as every other MP. Who cares if they prop up the government? They prop up the current Conservative government anytime they vote with them as well.
I've heard that story, but I've not seen the letter. But I HAVE seen the signatures of the Three Amigos on the letter to be delivered to HE Ms. Jean.
|Quoting A346Dude (Reply 23):|
OK, but how exactly is a coalition of two parties who hated each other 2 months ago (and still do), propped up by another that wants to tear apart the country - oh, and which has no leader to speak of - going to survive more than a couple days as the government?
Mr. Dion during the election said he would NEVER form a coalition with Mr. Layton (let alone the Blocheads).
|Quoting SKYSERVICE_330 (Reply 27):|
One element of the fiscal update that has been buried by all this talk of confidence votes and coalitions, which I want to hear more about from all parties, is the part that commits the government to finding savings of around $2 billion from the sale of Crown assets. I would like to know which assets they have in mind. Is it wise to sell capital assets as a way to balance an operating budget? Especially when, in the current economic situation, acceptable prices may not manifest themselves?
Agree. Once you sell the assets, they're gone forever. It's a stupid one-time accounting exericse to attempt to balance the budget for next fiscal year. It won't work as the revenue stream is going to go down so fast they (whomever...) will run a deficit of IMHO in the $8-10B region. In fact my company (Fed Crown) may be one of the candidates.
|Quoting A332 (Reply 35):|
An interesting possibility is that Harper goes directly to the Queen to have Michaelle Jean removed as G-G (the Queen can do this) and then he appoints someone more receptive to the CPC. Then he loses a confidence vote, the writ is dropped, and (...drum roll...) we get ANOTHER minority.
This is politics in Canada these days. Makes me pine for Trudeau. At least you knew SOMEONE was in charge.