11/09/2005

Winter Election?

This morning I heard on the radio that at last, Jack Layton has withdrawn his party's support from the Liberals. The NDP will not be supporting them on any upcoming matters of confidence. This could mean an election. However, both Harper and Duceppe are skeptical of Layton's sudden change of heart.
Both Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles and Harper said that Layton must be the one who pulls the plug on the Liberals and bring forward a non-confidence motion during one of the seven opposition days coming in the next five weeks. "Our experience suggests that should we again attempt to bring down the government, Mr. Layton will use that attempt as leverage in his negotiations with the Liberals," Harper said during a speech to the Empire Club in Toronto.
Interesting move.
More interesting is this comment:
"I don't want the NDP to come forward with some motion that we're against tax cuts and we're against health-care. If it's going to be a substantive motion it should obviously focus on the government's record of corruption."
I agree with him. Does he suspect the NDP of not considering the Liberal corruption? It certainly appears that way and quite frankly, I don't blame him at all. Layton should have been more outspoken right at the beginning. It will be very interesting to watch what happens on Tuesday.
By the way, this morning's news also indicated that Belinda Stronach was advising against a holiday election and against voting based on emotion... that emotion being sheer rage at the audacity of the Liberal party. If she is advising against it, it must be the right thing to do.

1 comment:

Canadi-anna said...

I don't think Jack has the guts to pull the plug.
Harper's right to let him take the lead on this though -- unless he's fully and publicly committed and has actually made a move, Jack can't be trusted.

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