Thursday, September 02, 2010

Harper through the looking glass

Harper's election strategy? The big bad boogy "coalition".
“The Liberals and the NDP are going to have a lot of explaining to do, why they want to be a coalition partner with a party that thinks things like the national parks are a federalist plot,” Harper said, clearly enjoying himself.
Except that the Liberals, NDP and the Bloc aren't even discussing a coalition. In fact, recent events have pushed them about as far away from each other as you can get. It's Harper spinning a fantasy to non-thinkers.

So, when is Harper going to start explaining this:
As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program. We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority. Your attention to this matter is appreciated.
Letter to the Governor General signed by Gilles Duceppe, Jack Layton and Stephen Harper
9 September, 2004.

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