Brison: Predictable- he’s deep in the game and angling for finance minister.
The Harper government, Brison said, “is the only government in any civilized country in the world that hasn’t provided a plan for dealing with the current financial crisis.
“Canadians need a government that presents a real plan to protect Canadians’ savings and jobs,” he said. “The Harper government has proven unwilling to do that.
Is he perhaps out of touch with his constituents? Even Fred Sgambati has qualms:
Didn’t Stephen Harper call the election this fall because he thought parliament was dysfunctional? Sheesh! Stay tuned, folks; you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Dysfunction is about to take on a whole new meaning if things don’t get ironed by Monday, Dec. 8 when the update package is put to a vote. Yes, Transport Minister John Baird told us Saturday the federal government will drop its plan to eliminate the vote subsidy, but it’s just another example of gamesmanship and Harper doing his best to get his way by any means possible. Here’s the thing. If the Liberals et al support the government’s wait-and-see attitude on the economy now, they’ll look like cash-starved carpetbaggers instead of the dedicated public servants we assumed they were when they were elected. Score one for Mr. Harper.
If they don’t and are successful in pushing a non-confidence motion forward, the government will fall and we’ll have a political dog’s breakfast rife with agendas, backroom accords and little vision. There’s a reason why political parties are distinct and, frankly, I don’t see a coalition working out. No matter the level of cooperation initially, sooner or later someone’s nose will get out of joint, the house of cards will collapse and it’ll be a free-for-all.
Dysfunctional? Oh, yeah. To the max. …
While governments around the world frame up economic foundations for the future, we’re stuck with a bunch of self-serving children interested in power and politics instead of those whom they were elected to serve.
As usual, sense from down ” On the Farm” from Glenn Ells who says:
…They play chicken which was not what they were hired to do. Such moves are below the intelligence of a chicken and I think the media should find a better word to describe what is going on. Maybe by the time you read this someone will have blinked and the game won’t be played. If the Prime Minister wants to cut off the funding to the Bloc because they spoiled his chance for a majority by winning so many Quebec seats, there could be an easier way to do it. A simple amendment to the act dealing with funding of political parties nationally could require that any party would have to elect members in more than one province to qualify. The requirement for a certain percentage of the national vote is okay and should stay as is, but I’ve always thought something is wrong with allowing taxpayers to fund a one province party that is trying to break up Canada. I’ve been too busy supplying the ‘feed’ for the chickens more of my life to get very vocal on these subjects, but lately I’m starting to feel more relaxed and able to say just what I think. Now if I could just find someone to listen.! [ from our paper copy p. 5 – unfortunately Glen doesn’t get a tab online emph ours]
We’re listening Glen and you make a whole lotta sense. The move of the Conservatives to take away only one of the 3 public funding pillars that prop up political parties and which appears to have precipitated this constitutional crisis was aimed at Quebec’s Bloc and would have weakened it, a move which would have favoured all federalist parties including the Liberals. That Dion and the NDP couldn’t see that just shows how blinkered they are by personal political gain and short term thinking. Why didn’t they come up with a win -win idea like Glen’s to propose as an amendment?
Greg Pyrcz talks about dark times but either wrote this before the coalition idea floated or is in denial. He slams Harper non stop, doesn’ t mention the Liberal and NDP lack of volitional funding from their supporters, only proclaims their dependence on the public purse. You’d think he would be embarrassed to mention this parasitism. How far the mighty Liberal Party has fallen. The NDP of course always depend on the public purse.
Then there is Agar Adamson in “It’s Just Politics” “Who’s the Grinch? but it looks like his piece too was written before the coalition crisis. Agar makes sense, but it is just general sense with nothing we can get our teeth into. Not sure exactly what he is saying but we’re sure it is profound.
Have we, as citizens and taxpayers, been asleep at the switch? Have we been sitting back watching over paid athletes on our new big-screen television sets, or jetting off to warmer climates instead of keeping a critical eye on the performance of our governments? Have we been so enamored with Obama that we have failed to notice what has been going on right under our noses? …But, most importantly, we should remind our governments at all levels that it is not their money they are wasting on expensive yachts and frivolous joyrides. It is our money and we want it spent to assist those who need the most help.
This should be a wake-up call to all of us to continually hector our politicians to respect our money and our dignity and if they do not do so we should replace them with individuals who care about us. Now would be a great time for Direct Democracy so we could “Recall” those who fail to serve and respect us.
Lots of questions, not many answers. We like the bit about direct democracy though- How about a referendum on this coalition deal?
Greg Kerr has something to say:
Greg Kerr told The Vanguard today from his office in the nation’s capital that there is plenty of blame to go around for why the House is busy talking about who should govern and not how to help guide the country through rough economic waters.
“We’ve got a lot of very serious, serious issues facing the country,” said Kerr, “and I know there’s a lot of finger-pointing and name-calling that goes with it but that just doesn’t get the job done at all.” …
“I would like to think that it could be worked out,” he said. “I know everything is being reviewed but I can’t speculate.”
Kerr, whose election campaign was free of much of the partisan buzz talk many associate with his party, said he would continue to represent the area’s interests as best as he could, whether he sits as a member of the government or the opposition. Although he won’t go so far as to say there is no way a coalition government could work, he believes it would be very difficult.
“I could certainly rant on as to why I think it’s wrong. At the same time, it’s just way too early to know whether we’re going to get to that point (or) if (the opposition) can stick together or not . . . I don’t think whatever they can do is going to be a lot different than what we’d be doing.”
Kerr said he is concerned about the public perception of what’s going on in the House and what it’s doing to business in Parliament. He said he would have liked to see all members of Parliament find a way to work together, considering the challenges facing the country.
“I just think that this sort of got to the edge of the cliff very, very rapidly and I don’t think there was the give and take there should have been.”
There is still some sanity around.
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