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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The coalition government is probably bad for Canada
I’ll be the first to admit, and you can read my previous post, that I was ready to send Harper on his merry way and surrender to the inevitability of a coalition that I blamed on the Conservatives.
I have been trying to watch this whole ordeal as neutrally as I possibly can. I am a libertarian, and I don’t hide that bias. Part of being a libertarian means pointing out that the Conservatives have hardly served my interests albeit for a few pittances of agreeable reform.
The problem, of course, is that I’m a civil libertarian and I have a streak of nationalism in me. By that I mean, I view the state as somewhat necessary, and I view Canada as my sandbox to make a better world. Of course, you can extrapolate what that better world (or better Canada) looks like to me; more liberty, more economic freedom, less government intrusion into business and personal affairs.
Activism is a complicated thing for me. By that I mean I’m conflicted in just how I achieve those goals. Do I work within the system, or do I work outside the system? Do I support incrementalism, or do I hold an absolute line on libertarian ethics?
This political crisis in Ottawa presents a serious challenge for me.
On one hand, I don’t feel that the Conservatives have earned my support; I feel patently let down on issues like free speech, fiscal restraint, and regulatory reform/abolition. But on the other hand, I see a group of mouth-frothing leftists at the gates, desperately waiting for their chance to exploit this “economic crisis” as their chance to backend-load leftist initiatives.
Most worryingly, there are 18 unfilled senate vacancies. Vacancies that would appear this “Coalition for Canada” intends to fill expeditiously with patronage appointments.
Elizabeth May sent signals that Dion intends to appoint her to the senate, and bring her into the cabinet.
If this is true, then we are truly witnessing one of the most crass and undemocratic swipes at power that we have ever seen. And a necessary component to that swipe at power is the support of the separatist Bloc Quebecois, whose leader said that this deal is good for separatism.
Tomorrow Jacques Parizeau is widely expected to applaud this coalition. Which is fine in and of itself, but it’s hard to fathom given how Stephane “Captain Canada” Dion and the Liberal Party campaigned in 2004 against the Conservatives on the basis that Stephen Harper was “prepared to work with the Bloc Quebecois”.
In fact, Stephen Harper made clear he would be willing to work with the Bloc on a vote-by-vote basis. The Bloc had the same reciprocal policy. But let’s be clear: the Conservatives can honestly stick to a line that they never entered into agreement with the Bloc, giving them any formal process or power.
Yes, they teamed up with the Bloc and NDP to defeat the Liberals with the intention to go to an election. But that’s hardly the same as coalition agreement. There in fact, was no coalition agreement that included the Bloc having any right to consultation. There was no agreement (as there is now) that referred to “Canadians and Quebecers” as this Liberal-NDP coalition agreement does.
In a few words: this Liberal-NDP coalition has sell-out and power-grab written all over it.
A Quebec poll recently showed overwhelming support for a Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition. But a national poll conducted today, should give the Liberals and NDP pause.
I am hearing from a lot of Liberal and NDP voters who are not happy with what is happening. They do not accept this deal with the Bloc. And both parties risk substantial backlash.
The allure of separatism is once again on the rise in the West. The separatists in Quebec seem ecstatic.
I would hope the Governor General takes this all into consideration when she makes whatever decision she makes. I am not a constitutional expert, but my hope would be that she would invite Mr. Harper to meet the House again with a new throne speech and send a message to the coalition that she expects the House to work. If that fails, my preference would now be a general election.
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So, Mike, maybe you'll feel better if the coalition takes power, collapses, and Harper regains power with a majority with or without an election. It's not over 'till the fat lady sings.
Posted by: dewp | 2008-12-02 10:38:32 PM
Come on Canada, you know what to do!
Posted by: Mbuckingham | 2008-12-03 1:22:08 AM
Consider who will be in there. Bob Rae? Bob Rae single handedly destroyed Ontario. Taliban Jack Layton? Nuff said. He isn't fit to make babies. Gilles is an intelligent man. Too intelligent - and he will suck Canada dry for the interests of PQ - period.
Posted by: Faramir | 2008-12-03 2:47:46 AM
Thrity billion dollars, Mike.
You are a statist, pure and simple, because you agitated for months to make this happen. The choice is not between some imaginary libertarian Xanadu and Harper; it is, and always was, between Harper and the Socialist bloc, which is comprised of a professor who did his PhD in Marxism (Dion), a long time member of the Marxist party (I'm serious, read his bio, Duceppe), and then there is the NDP guy. It's really not an exaggeration to say Canada will soon be ruled by Marxist leaders.
And at a minimum they want to spend $30 billion, and expand hate speech to cover women. Next time you call you S.O. a bitch during an argument, even jokingly, you might get arrested for a hate crime, if Dion has his way.
You are an ass. A stupid, stupid ass who will now wear the tag of "statist" for the rest of his life. We have the best finance minister on the planet, the only one who didn't panic and is sound on all fundamentals, and we're replacing him with...Bob Rae? I can't emphasize enough how stupid you are for doing nothing but sh*t talk Harper for months: you now have the only alternative.
Thirty billion. Your stupidity just cost me $30 billion, and severely restricts my free speech. You stupid, stupid ass.
Posted by: Patriot Gamer | 2008-12-03 5:03:59 AM
An election should be called by the Governor General regardless of what the government or the three stooges do. Right now.
Posted by: Philanthropist | 2008-12-03 5:05:25 AM
PM Harper could have announced billions in stimulus money , over and above the $300 billion loan guarantees the banks received , and Layton would have simply claimed it either was not enough or was too much.
Layton has been lying in wait for some time and Dion is the dupe who fell for it ... hook ... line and sinker.
So stop dumping on Harper. The plan was in the works regardless of what did or did not do.
... and BTW ... you really agree the the F*&$#@! BQ getting 86% of their funding from taxpayers ... if you do then you are an idiot.
Posted by: Brian | 2008-12-03 6:55:55 AM
"probably bad for Canada"?
Don't hurt yourself sitting on that picket.
As Rene Leveque once said 'There will be incalculable consequences' if this naked power grab is achieved.
Clearly these fools haven't thought of all the repercussions that will probably happen if they really do get control of the federal govt.
Which I don't think they will.
Posted by: Rocky Thompson | 2008-12-03 9:33:07 AM
Libertarians remind me of the NDP....sound and fury when they don't get their way, secure in the knowledge that their philisophical wet dreams will never come to fruition. And then denigrate anybody within pissing distance when they don't...yeah Mike, I'm talking to and about you. Read and re-read Patriot Gamers post...in the real world, it was always Harper vs. the vogons. You are smart enough to figure that out, so that makes you duplicitous. Piss off.
Posted by: Jack | 2008-12-03 1:26:37 PM
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