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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Martin then; Martin now
That was then:
Martin insists he simply wants to pass a budget that Canadians want.
"And I think that is much better than Stephen Harper working with separatists to force an election that nobody wants," said Martin. (CTV, April 29, 2005)
This is now:
In Ottawa on Monday, the Liberals and NDP said they have agreed to a $30-billion stimulus package as part of the tentative deal.
A senior Liberal source says the package involves an economic advisory panel of experts, including Paul Martin, John Manley, Frank McKenna, and Roy Romanow. (CP via 660News, December 1, 2008)
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I think I've finally come to a firm conclusion about the current goings-on in Ottawa: the whole point of this coalition is not so much to get rid of the Conservative government as it is to get rid of Harper.
Scott Reid gave away the game when he mentioned that the objective is to kill Harper. Notice that he didn't say kill the Conservative Party, or even kill this particular government.
The whole coalition idea itself is built on quicksand. Cracks are already showing and it's only two days old. Judging by what I've read lately by people who are familiar with the duties of the GG, it may be difficult if not impossible for the GG to approve it. The last thing the coalition wants is to gamble on an election. The Liberals would be financial toast.
For these reasons, I doubt that the main purpose of the current circus is to seize power. The real purpose is to try to drive a wedge between Harper and his caucus, and hopefully humiliate him into resigning. That's apparently bearing some fruit. Then Harper can be replaced with a more pliable leader like Peter McKay. Then the coalition will allow the Tories to remain in office and Parliament can get back to "normal" i.e. abject worship of the opposition.
The role of the MSM in all of this cannot be underestimated either. Their rabid partisanship is almost overt at this point. They hate Harper passionately and want him gone because he mostly ignores them. He does little to brush their egos and they resent it bitterly.
Posted by: Dennis | 2008-12-02 2:53:33 PM
Doubt there's any problem for Harper in his own Party, Conservatives are not like Liberals, they don't eat their own.
The media are a total disgrace and it's a waste of time to even watch them. The old hacks like Mansbridge, Newman, Duffy and various and sundry other talking heads, many long past their best before date, are not capable of reporting the facts free of spin. It's all geared to manipulate opinion.
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-12-02 7:36:42 PM
Dennis, Liz J, you nailed it... The Separatist/Liberal/NDP alliance along with their agents in the MSM have always feared, and hated the PM, and as we're seeing, will do and say anything, including crawling into the sewers with Separatists to try and take him out. It should now be obvious for all Canadians to understand the danger any country faces when the MSM of that country is completely and resoundingly in the tank for their ideological comrades in the political sphere. The activist Separatist/Liberal/NDP ideological bully's in the MSM are as dangerous to Canada as the Separatists and their terminally stupid new leader, Steve (clarity act) Dion.
Posted by: Sean | 2008-12-02 8:41:19 PM
Help me out here guys n gals...
Am I to understand that the coalition left is going after Harper partially because he isn't jumping wholesale onto the "stimulus package" bandwagon, as we're seeing done in other countries? If so, I thought Harper had already done too much in the way of stimulus....let alone these leftoids wanting to spend MORE imaginary money.
Posted by: JC | 2008-12-03 8:32:29 AM
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