12/01/2008

Coalition of the Willing... to Take Power, that is...

Some time ago, there was talk of a coalition government, should the Conservatives fail. I didn't really take those stories seriously. After all, the Canadian people returned the Conservatives to power with a strengthened mandate. It was still a minority, but it was a strengthened minority nonetheless. The Conservatives had successfully governed the smallest minority in history for the longest period of time, and since the Liberals will be electing a new leader in May, threats of a coalition didn't seem plausible.
At least not until last night.
A recently recorded conference call clearly shows the NDP never had any intention of respecting the will of the Canadian people. They never had any intention of working with the government to achieve what is best for the Canadian people. Everything Layton has ever said about the importance of "getting back to work" and working hard for the Canadian people is a lie. They have only ever been concerned with achieving power, even if it takes the separatist Bloc to do it.
No doubt Duceppe is laughing all the way to the bank.
Now it seems the Liberals are in bed with this sordid plan, though admittedly not everyone is comfortable with the idea of the separatists being the ones to sustain their bid for power. Let's face it; any Liberal-NDP coalition will be smaller than the current Conservative government which consists of 143 seats. Together, the Liberals and NDP will only have 114 seats. And yet, in their arrogance, they think they represent more of the Canadian people than the government we actually elected!
Any member of the Liberal or NDP parties ought to be ashamed of this latest development. As this article rightly points out, if this matter is so urgent, then call another election and let the voters decide. To simply seize power when you were not elected and can't even form a government larger than the current one is unacceptable.
If you are a Liberal or NDP MP and you do not approve of this plan, then may I suggest that now is the time for action. Cross the floor. Refuse to sit with these people who warp the meaning of democracy. Don't show up for the confidence vote on December 8th. Do whatever it takes to get the point across. Respect the wishes of Canadians. Do not participate in this plot.
If you are a part of this plan, shame on you! Govern by the mandate the people gave you... which is none... or get out! This is a democracy, and you are to respect the people who pay your salaries!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You guys just don't get it. The Liberals and NDP are going to form government based on the legitimate use of parliamentary rules and traditions. I've read both Tory and Lib blogs and the Tory's are putting forward some very bizarre ways of clinging to power. It looks so pitiful. The Liberals and NDP found a way to make Parliament work. Harper takes every opportunity he has to rub salt into someone else's wound. The Liberals and NDP found a way for there to be stable government for over two years - amen! - Harper called an election when he didn't need to and Tories are clammering for him to call another so the dreaded Liberals do not get power. Take a long hard look in the mirror. You have made parliament dysfunctional and are now clinging to power. You look pathetic.

Anonymous said...

You wrote:

"A recently recorded conference call clearly shows the NDP never had any intention of respecting the will of the Canadian people. They never had any intention of working with the government to achieve what is best for the Canadian people."

Nonsense!

Your premise is 100% wrong.

THE CONS DO NOT HAVE A MAJORITY AND CAN'T GOVERN AS THEY PLEASE.

As such, they don't represent the "will of the people."

We have a Parliamentary system -- and here is how it works.

We do not elect the PM or the government (directly).

We elect MPs, who form governments.

The leader of the party which commands a majority (or the largest minority) becomes PM.

If the government falls, the opposition has a chance to form the government, especially so early after an election.

Layton did nothing wrong. He predicted, correctly, that the Cons would act like vindictive Karl Rovians and got ready to turn the tables.

That is what politics is all about -- and it is 100% justified in our Parliamentary system. In fact, it is how the system *should* operate.

We just witnessed the MAJORITY of MPs take control of Parliament and establish a working, legislative agenda.

Tough luck -- that is democracy in action.

The NDP, the Liberals, and the Bloc just consolidated the will of the people -- in the form of the majority of MPs -- into a new majority government.

As such, Canadian democracy took a step forward today.

The will of the people was realized.

Ruth said...

"We just witnessed the MAJORITY of MPs take control of Parliament and establish a working, legislative agenda."

Actually, we haven't.
The Bloc are not officially a part of the coalition. The coalition is only between the NDP and the Liberals, who together have only 114 seats. They will require the Bloc to vote with them in order to sustain their government.
So, just to make sure you understand this, a SMALLER government thinks it has the right to govern over a LARGER one.

SmokeEater said...

This cabal has no moral authority to govern and you will probably see polls saying that in a the coming days.

Once again, the ten million people west of ontario have discovered that their vote does not count. Even worse, in the rare times when the stars do line up, three leaders from quebec plotting in a back room before the lawn signs are down can erase their vote anyway.

Nice.

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