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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
That's how long I think Martin's mandate will last, before we're back campaigning again. Anyone else care to make a prediction?
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Please! No more predictions! I can't take it anymore!!
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-06-30 6:40:24 AM
There was a discussion yesterday on Rex Murphy's special edition and i believe the topic turned to the time until the next election. Someone said that it wouldn't be anytime soon because the parties are broke or in debt.
Does anyone know how much was spent? And or the breakdown?
Posted by: jonathan | 2004-06-30 6:40:54 AM
The correct answer is 16 months.
Posted by: Flea | 2004-06-30 8:31:10 AM
Two years. There won't be any confidence motions until the next budget (Feb 2005), which, unless Martin is a drooling idiot (always a possibility, I grant you) he should be able to pack with enough goodies to keep the NDP and a couple of Blocheads on side. With enough dithering and prevaricating, that should be sufficient to take him through to the *next* budget, in Feb 2006. Which will pass, but with loud protestations and reservations offered by the NDP and the Bloc; they will seek to maximize their leverage and will try to water down any bills which they don't like. Over the following four or five months, Martin will "gamely" make efforts to try and accommodate the left, but will be unable to secure majority votes for the actual legislation to pass, finally being "forced" to call an election in summer 2006, seeking from Canadians a majority so that his Bold! New! Vision! for the country won't by stymied by recalcitrant communists and separatists.
Posted by: Bob Tarantino | 2004-06-30 8:57:01 AM
Come on guys. Don't encourage Colby Cosh to fire up his Excel spreadsheets again...
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-06-30 9:33:10 AM
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