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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The Harper Gambit: Effective Majority for Conservatives
The Babble-left will deny it...the mushy Ontario elite will decry it...but on the opening day of the Major League Baseball playoffs, Stephen Harper has played a game of serious political hardball, and has given himself an effective majority in the upcoming Parliamentary session.
Hyperbole, you say? I don't think so. Here are his comments from today's impromptu news conference, in which he lays down the ground rules for the opposition (via CBC):
“The choice is not an election or obstruction. The choice is an election or give the government a mandate to govern.”
Harper said he doesn’t want an election before 2009. But the prime minister added that he would consider any votes during the upcoming parliamentary session on items in the speech from the throne as confidence motions.
“If they get approval of the throne speech, we’re going to expect those things to be passed,” Harper said.
In other words: Steffi, keep your mouth shut and instruct your caucus to vote arm-in-arm with my back-benchers, or I'll force you into an election that you know may reduce your party to PC '93 proportions. With the NDP and Bloc clearly unwilling to prop up Harper's government, it's a threat the Libs must take seriously: even the most myopic Lib-backers know that the electoral prospects are dire.
It's checkmate for the chess master Harper, and utter humiliation for Dion. For the political right in Canada, accustomed to weak-kneed get-alongers, sellouts, grand compromisers, and utter fools, it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to see a leader willing to step to the mound unafraid, and deliver a brushback pitch, 95-MPH, right under the chin.
Posted by Neil Flagg on October 3, 2007 | Permalink
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LOL, a conservative majority? Wait until the liberal media (CBC and Others) get on the campaign trail and the liberal hypocracy flows like diahreha from a Mexican tourist!
Sadly I never under estimate the lunacy of the Ontario and Quebec voters to do the exact opposite of what a normal rational thinking person would do...
Posted by: Sean Whelan | 2007-10-04 1:56:50 AM
...never underestimate the retardation of Eastern Canadian voters.
As Sean said, the diarrhea will start to flow like a cheap Mexican tourist the lemmings will be scared and poof, Canada ceases to exist as we know it.
Watch the RCMP start enforcing dress code for birqua's on Kokanee girls.
Dirka dirka, out.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-10-04 5:44:59 AM
Just another step toward Albertan independence. That new state will NEVER tolerate Muslim subjugation - even if blood has to flow on the streets, as a last resort, of course.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-04 7:06:00 AM
Love the baseball analogy.
Watching Mr. Harper with the media was like watching A-Rod in batting practice with Little Leaguers. It doesn't matter what park they play in, he's a player, they are the peanut tossers.
Posted by: Paul | 2007-10-04 10:34:30 AM
Well, all we need to do here in Alberta is get rid of Eddie and bring in less of a mushy, moaning, whining psuedo-conservative government, with a real conservative group, willing to celebrate our financial sucess rather than sounding like Jack! and the Dippers.
Posted by: jt | 2007-10-04 4:32:11 PM
jt, we already have one, Wild Rose party.
Check them out.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-10-05 12:47:46 AM
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