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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Opposition Parties in translation

The National Post provided a brief summary of the reaction of the three opposition parties to the budget. Some of the quotes need to be translated out of political speech.

Igantieff said, "There are positive aspects of this budget, which I believe are the result of pressure from the opposition."

Translation: I'm going to pass the budget but I'm going to make a big deal about it first.

I have mixed feelings about the way he has been conducting himself as opposition leader. He has been inconsistent about his policy positions. He was supportive of tax breaks until he wasn't and thought that deficits were okay until he didn't. He seems to be opposing for the sake of opposing rather than presenting a clear alternative to government policies. On the other hand he is able to say that he may bring down the government without people laughing at him. Which is an improvement over Dion.

Jack Layton said, 
"The budget will leave a lot of people behind. Won't help the unemployed or stop the bleeding we're seeing now. We're disappointed. It won't get the job done."

Translation: I still want to be Minister of Industry.

Jack Layton has worked hard to destroy what credibility he had. He has been saying for almost two months that the budget won't be good enough. So no one is surprised that he opposes it once it is here. He would have done better to take a similar line as Ignatieff did.

Ducceppe says, "blah blah blah Quebec blah blah Quebec"

Translation: Let it all burn as long as Quebec gets a few extra million.

You have to give the BQ credit for consistancy.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on January 28, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Jack Layton is such a sad, pathetic little power-hungery man.

Posted by: Grant Brown | 2009-01-28 12:56:40 PM


I want the government defeated.

I want the GG to rule in favour of the coalition.

I want every western MP to resign their seat.

I then want every western MP to sit in a Western Assembly in Calgary or Saskatoon.

I want western parliamentary constituencies to maintain the same boundaries as the federal and run a western MP in every bye-election and win an overwhelming majority of them.

We can then quietly, peacefully and democratically form our own republic and leave this failed state.

Epsi

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-01-28 1:36:37 PM


We can then quietly, peacefully and democratically form our own republic and leave this failed state.
Epsi
Posted by: epsilon | 2009-01-28 1:36:37 PM

Are you a Canadian citizen yet?.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-01-28 2:40:54 PM


Who I am is irrelevant.

It is the idea that is relevant.

Now before you get all huffy and hissy Stiggy-poo, learn this fundamental form of logic and maybe you would be more successful in life and less susceptible to life's dramas.

Epsi

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-01-28 6:13:51 PM


Who I am is irrelevant.
Posted by: epsilon | 2009-01-28 6:13:51 PM

Still not a Canadian then. And you are right about being irrelevant.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-01-28 8:28:46 PM


Epsilon, for once I agree with you completely and wholeheartedly. I'm going to run outside now and see what color the moon is tonight. :)

Posted by: JC | 2009-01-28 8:47:12 PM



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