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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Will Dion pull the trigger?
It looks like the NDP and Bloc are set to vote against the throne speech, which will be delivered on Oct. 16. This leaves Dion's Liberals with the power to bring down the government. The Conservatives certainly think that's a possibility but does anyone think Dion will actually decide to go to the polls with a financially broke and fractured party? Do the rest of them really want to go in with their current leader? I think the best they could hope for would be an excuse for a leadership review.
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How many sitting MPs will not run in the next election? Haven't 23 liberals said they will quit.
Where are those lib seats, in Que, Ont or out west.
That is a lot of libs that will be running with no name recognition, probably against former defeated candidates. And, considering that 1/3 of those libs will be appointed women, and dions pick did not do well in Que, anything can happen.
I think dion will find a way to support the throne speech, or at least several of his caucus will, especially those not running for re-election.
Posted by: MaryT | 2007-09-26 4:03:56 PM
Dion had better go off into the wilderness and contemplate his trigger given the poll numbers just out from Quebec, the province which knows him best.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-09-26 4:24:23 PM
...for being a traitor à la Nation.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-26 4:46:40 PM
I hope they do try it...it would be nice to gain a few more seats and maybe even a Majority!!! lol...well maybe...:)
Posted by: Sean Whelan | 2007-09-27 1:27:50 AM
Breaking News! DeYawn is in deep doo-doo:
"Cash-strapped Quebec Liberal wing warns of closing"
OTTAWA — The Liberal Party's Quebec wing has warned Leader Stéphane Dion that it needs a quarter-million-dollar cash injection by Friday or it will have to close its Montreal office and lay off staff.
The threat is not a sign of a financial crunch but part of an internecine battle between the party's national headquarters, run by officials close to Mr. Dion, and its Quebec machine over the transfer of funds, according to party officials.
The Montreal office will remain open, Liberal officials said, but the dire warning has piled onto a run of troubles for Mr. Dion. It all seems to be centred in Quebec, where grumbling about his leadership has been loudest since last week's poor showing in three by-elections, including the loss of the party's traditional safe seat of Outremont.
Mr. Dion yesterday lost potential star candidate Marc Garneau, the former astronaut, who said he was frustrated by the leader's delay in appointing him to run in the safe Liberal seat of Westmount-Ville Marie.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 6:03:21 AM
And here's a great issue for the Conservatives to run on, exposing Leftoids for what they are:
"Career criminal gets another chance – again"
Sun Media, by Glenn Kauth
A gang member with seven violations of his parole conditions has received another chance at early release from jail. Robert Lee Wenger, 37, was granted day parole last week despite his lengthy record of reoffending both inside and outside prison. His criminal past includes 11 convictions for break-ins, including a home invasion in 1998. Wenger has continued re-offending despite participating in a succession of rehabilitation programs,
THE GREAT experiment in parole should be considered completely dead and a total failure. Prisoner should instead be sentenced to certain minimal terms which are lengthened unless they meet specific benchmarks showing rehabilitation and self-improvement. There's real motivation for you.
Obviously, the parole board personnel have never been the victim of a crime. It's too bad the future victims of this scumbag cannot sue those who allowed him the freedom to commit more crimes.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 6:26:47 AM
"And here's a great issue for the Conservatives to run on, exposing Leftoids for what they are:"
The "leftoids" have been laid bare for what they are for some now.
The only thing more pathetic than the state of the current lib party is that they are still considered viable by large block of people in the large urban centers.
The unblinking stupidity of these people is not only pathetic, but shocking.
Posted by: deepblue | 2007-09-27 7:06:12 AM
The damage being done to the liberals now is systemic, spreading and permanent and spiralling deeper and deeper in a freefall wholesale collapse.
I have a strong feeling that Dion is going to resign within a matter of months. Definately before year end.
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-09-27 8:22:48 AM
Let's hope Dion digs his heels in and decides to stay longer.
By my reckoning, the Libs are stuck with him for two years according to their bylaws.
That means about another year of fun watching that band of thieves shrivel and die.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-27 9:18:10 AM
"Will Dion pull the trigger?"
I didn't realize he was on a suicide watch!
Things must be bad in the Liberal Party of Montreal...
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-09-27 9:21:30 AM
Dion and flunkies must meet their Quebec HQ payroll today -Dion will find he cannot operate without "people" -In NS and NF in particular Dion has already been written off -Premier Williams will wipe out the Rock's Liberal Party. Liberal Party in Nova Scotia will be decimated by the NDP and Greens despite Dion's deal with Saint Elizabeth May. By the time a Federal Election is determined Dion will be part of our historic past -Ignatieff is poised to lead, but will be leading the remnants of a totally
deflated Federal Liberal Party which will be furious at Kennedy and Second Hand Rose from Toronto and all the other wannabes who hijacked
their venerable Party. Our feeling here in the Real East of Canada, is that PM Harper can take all the Federal Liberal Seats in NB, a situation Liberal fund raisers and assorted flunkies are well aware of. The Liberal fund raisers would be better off to panhandle -Macleod
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-09-27 10:27:29 AM
If your reasoning is correct, Jack, then Harper will be presenting a very aggressively conservative throne speech in complete defiance of Layton, Duceppe and Dion. Harper will either lay them bare as hippocites or force them to bring down the gov't.
Present economics (High $ and budget surplus)
and opposition political disarray are winning conditions for Harper.
In 2008, with US in deep recession, concern over a probable Iran raid and possibly a new Liberal leader, prospects will not be as good for Harper.
I am thinking there is a better than 75% chance we will have an election called before year end. Harper will want an election before Dion resigns.
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-09-27 11:06:54 AM
Jack, it's been decades since one could call the Liberal party "venerable".
Lets say they've gone form venerable to vulnerable due to outright corruption and infighting due to lust for power, both at the individual and party levels. We all know who the main players were.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-09-27 11:34:09 AM
All Harper has to do is say he's does not want an election and the opposition being the opposition will oppose that statement.
In fact, if you listen closely ...
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-28 11:58:17 AM
The first time I listened to Dion, I thought he was gay.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-09-28 3:41:20 PM
The second time for me, Lady. I gave him a pass the first time because I didn't want to be judgmental. :)
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 3:49:02 PM
Really? Good for you Lady! I did not have a friggin'clue what he said!
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-09-28 3:49:42 PM
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