Liberals: Going Down in Flames

According to yesterday's news, Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj has resigned over his comments regarding Hezbollah. Interim leader Bill Graham has advised MPs that they'll have to exercise self-discipline.
Hah hah.
Anyway, while the Liberals are scrambling to clean up their image, Prime Minister Harper has decided to make the softwood lumber deal a confidence vote. I see this as an easy win for the Conservatives. It would be political suicide for the Liberals to force an election right now.


Jeff said...

As far as I know this bill would have to be a confidence vote.
Saying that PMSH "made" it a confidence vote, I think, is not quite accurate.

Ruth said...

I am not certain I understand what you mean. From what I have read, the Prime Minister decided to make this a matter of confidence. Something like a softwood lumber deal doesn't have to be a confidence. As far as I know, only budgets have to be confidence votes.
Please let me know if I have this wrong.

The Cyber Menace said...

The Bloc has suggested it might support the softwood deal, since the has the backing of the industry in Quebec.

Therefore, the Bloc will probably give the Liberals the cover they need for the latter to keep trashing this deal as a "sellout."

Jack Kerouac said...

Isn't this a Ways & Means issue anyway? That would make it a confidence vote regardless.

Ruth said...

Yes. It is a ways and means issue. However, I don't see why you would assert that this necessarily makes it a confidence motion.
Go here and scroll down to where it starts talking about confidence motions. The types listed are:
- explicitly worded motions which state, in express terms, that the House has, or has not, confidence in the government;
- motions expressly declared by the government to be questions of confidence; [and]
- implicit motions of confidence, that is, motions traditionally deemed to be questions of confidence, such as motions for the granting of Supply (although not necessarily an individual item of Supply), motions concerning the budgetary policy of the government and motions respecting the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

It's probably debatable whether or not the lumber deal falls under the last point.
But then, I am a far cry from an expert.

ferrethouse said...

Remember all the liberals carrying on about how Harper "muzzling" his MPs. I wonder what they have to say about this.

It is funny ...

... and scary.

Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

I wonder if Omar Alghabra is watching what he says now.

Bryan G. Cowell said...

Uh, isn't the Softwood Lumber deal an international treaty? As such, why does it have to go to a vote in the commons at all, except to satisfy an election promise to bring such matters before the house?

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