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Harper government falls

Vote of non-confidence sends federal parties on the campaign trail


 

The opposition parties have passed a vote of non-confidence in the House of Commons on Friday, defeating the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper with a vote of 156 to 145 and paving the way for the 41st General Election in Canada. It is the sixth vote of non-confidence in Canadian history, and the first one against a government that was found in contempt of Parliament. Prime Minister Harper will ask Governor General David Johnston on Saturday to formally dissolve Parliament and issue a writ of election, kicking off an election campaign. The election is expected to be held on May 2.

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  1. So, which are you going to vote for? A Conservative majority government so there isn’t another election for a good long while, or a Conservative minority government and another election in 2013?

  2. So, which are you going to vote for? A Conservative majority government so there isn’t another election for a good long while, or a Conservative minority government and another election in 2013?

    • Speaking for myself, I'll be totally surprised if either of those options appears on the ballot in my riding, so I'm just going to vote for my preferred candidate.

  3. Not to mention having to pay a hundred million election so we could be held for ransom by the Bloc to prop up the continuing survival of a coalition government. Canada will continually be in an election scare under these three-bone head (or is it mashed head?) leadership.

  4. I agree with Stephanie– ideally, I'm more in favour of Liberal (or even Green or NDP) policies– but Harper actually gets things done. He's stable and competent, and I don't see any of the other parties (or all of them combined) running the show any better. And since the Liberals/NDP/Greens are the ones forcing this massive waste of our own money on us, I'm going to be out there voting for Harper as soon as the ballot boxes are available. I hope they get a majority this time so we don't have to go through this waste of time and money again in several months. (Surely the opposition parties can think of a more productive use for their time and our money than this? Like maybe working out how to provide us with a genuinely preferable alternative to the current government, and give us an actual reason to vote for them?)

  5. It's definitely time for an election and the fact that the Conservative party held parliament in contempt and was defeated because it did so should be remembered throughout the campaign.

    Canada IS still a parliamentary democracy.

  6. It's definitely time for an election and the fact that the Conservative party held parliament in contempt and was defeated because it did so should be remembered throughout the campaign.

    Canada IS still a parliamentary democracy.

    • You may not have read that the Contempt of Parliament was NOT the reason the election was called. Thought you may want a nudge to check your facts first.

  7. Dear Canadians – Can you please vote for people that will order the invasion Arizona? We are suffering because the Washington DC government hates us and sues us all the time. We aren't even allowed to verify citizenship when we register new voters. Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty assures all people political independence, even Arizonans. And we have decided we will be Canadians now.

    Arizona is conveniently located in the United States, a country adjacent to Canada. The language spoken by many in Canada can be understood by some Arizonans, so we will often be able to comply with your commands. And, Arizona has Hockey. Please see <a href="http://www.disunderstand.com” target=”_blank”>www.disunderstand.com for more benefits from invading Arizona.

  8. Dear Canadians – Can you please vote for people that will order the invasion Arizona? We are suffering because the Washington DC government hates us and sues us all the time. We aren't even allowed to verify citizenship when we register new voters. Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty assures all people political independence, even Arizonans. And we have decided we will be Canadians now.

    Arizona is conveniently located in the United States, a country adjacent to Canada. The language spoken by many in Canada can be understood by some Arizonans, so we will often be able to comply with your commands. And, Arizona has Hockey. Please see http://www.disunderstand.com for more benefits from invading Arizona.

    • Thanks, that was a good chuckle.

  9. As Tommy Douglas said in his "Mouseland" speech, Canadians desperately needs an alternative political party as shown here:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/mous

    Unless things change markedly over the coming weeks of the campaign, politicians will get their wish and Canadians who have lost interest in what happens in Ottawa because they are feeling increasingly disengaged from Canada's political process, will stay at home in droves on voting day and the "mice" will once again, be ruled by "cats".

  10. As Tommy Douglas said in his "Mouseland" speech, Canadians desperately needs an alternative political party as shown here:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/mous

    Unless things change markedly over the coming weeks of the campaign, politicians will get their wish and Canadians who have lost interest in what happens in Ottawa because they are feeling increasingly disengaged from Canada's political process, will stay at home in droves on voting day and the "mice" will once again, be ruled by "cats".

  11. Weren't there several polls before this that stated that the Conservatives would get a few more seats and were going to win another election – with yet another minority gov't. LIberals would lose some seats and NDP would gain some seats.

    Really, what's the point of wasting the time and money of the nation?

  12. Weren't there several polls before this that stated that the Conservatives would get a few more seats and were going to win another election – with yet another minority gov't. LIberals would lose some seats and NDP would gain some seats.

    Really, what's the point of wasting the time and money of the nation?

    • Egos and ambitions of boneheads need to be fed.

    • You prefer to be ruled by pollsters?

    • Mr. Ignatief did what any ethical leader would do and that is point out that the governement was out of line, and in contempt. He had no choice but to stand up for what is right. Governement should not be based upon what is going to be cheaper, its supposed to be about good leadership, honesty, representing the people. I think they lost sight of all this and needed a reminder to stop dictating how things are going to be but to listen to the people and the other parties, we do have rights you know? It was Mr. Ignatiefs job to bring this to the forefront as leader of the opposition. Don't hate him for doing what's right. Think of the damage they would have caused if we had just let them carry on it would be alot more expensive to let them continue, we soon would have been footing the bill for criminals to live in brand spanking new ultra modern facilities at the expense of the average working man not to mention spending all the taxpayers money on fighter jets…not for defense but for offense. What the hell are they up to?

  13. You may not have read that the Contempt of Parliament was NOT the reason the election was called. Thought you may want a nudge to check your facts first.

  14. So who is shocked that an election was finally called after TWO MONTHS of Election style ads that have been put out by all parties. While telling us "ordinary Canadians" that there was not going to be an election. So if you are not a politician you are an "ordinary Canadian" and probably realize that we cannot believe anything we are told by those that are not an "ordinary Canadian". Written by an "ordinary Canadian" that has no faith in those chosen to govern.

  15. Egos and ambitions of boneheads need to be fed.

  16. So who is shocked that an election was finally called after TWO MONTHS of Election style ads that have been put out by all parties. While telling us "ordinary Canadians" that there was not going to be an election. So if you are not a politician you are an "ordinary Canadian" and probably realize that we cannot believe anything we are told by those that are not an "ordinary Canadian". Written by an "ordinary Canadian" that has no faith in those chosen to govern.

  17. I am saddened by also enraged by this unnecessary election. Reports are saying It will cost Canada 300 million. Sometimes I really hate these politicians. Do Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff honestly think they have a chance? Do they think that any world leaders will even accept their phone calls? I hope the Conservatives get a majority so they can get back to making Canada work for all Canadians.

  18. I am saddened by also enraged by this unnecessary election. Reports are saying It will cost Canada 300 million. Sometimes I really hate these politicians. Do Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff honestly think they have a chance? Do they think that any world leaders will even accept their phone calls? I hope the Conservatives get a majority so they can get back to making Canada work for all Canadians.

  19. Why don't we give the liberals a chance? How do we know who gets things done when we have had the same PM for so many years. Let's have some courage and commit to change instead of complaining about same old, same old and then actually doing same old.

  20. Why don't we give the liberals a chance? How do we know who gets things done when we have had the same PM for so many years. Let's have some courage and commit to change instead of complaining about same old, same old and then actually doing same old.

    • A chance to steal from the treasury again? No thanks. Corrupt Liberals kept the millions of dollars they stole from Canadians, until they return the money they should absolutely be out of power – and some of them imprisoned.

      • compared to election fraud; cheatin and stealing tax payers money on the in and out scandle

        • That doesn't take the liberals off the hook. It just means both parties are bad.

  21. disgusting, so tired of politics tying the hands of the party in power disguised as "checks and balances" I hope the wanna be coalition parties get hung out to dry this election. BOO

  22. disgusting, so tired of politics tying the hands of the party in power disguised as "checks and balances" I hope the wanna be coalition parties get hung out to dry this election. BOO

    • How do you propose we check un-accountability?

  23. How do you figure Harper gets things done? Some of his promises in previous elections include:
    1. Getting rid of the long gun registry. Did he do it? NOOOOOOO!
    2. Strengthening the criminal code. How many changes has he made? NAME ONE!
    3. Bringing more honesty and accountability to government. What has he given us?
    – one cabinet minister who left secret documents at his biker girlfriend's place
    -another cabinet minister who was fired for some secret reasons after her slimy husband(&former Con MP) was influence-peddling
    another cabinet minister who falsified signed documents and then lied to parliament about it
    -and he managed to hire a chief aide who is a convicted fraud artist with a hooker girl friend , and now he's charged with influence peddling.
    4. Sound financial management – & he's racked up the highest deficits in Canadian history.

    That's a great list of accomplishments. And you can't wait to vote for them again?!
    No wonder Harper thinks the voters are stupid.

  24. How do you figure Harper gets things done? Some of his promises in previous elections include:
    1. Getting rid of the long gun registry. Did he do it? NOOOOOOO!
    2. Strengthening the criminal code. How many changes has he made? NAME ONE!
    3. Bringing more honesty and accountability to government. What has he given us?
    – one cabinet minister who left secret documents at his biker girlfriend's place
    -another cabinet minister who was fired for some secret reasons after her slimy husband(&former Con MP) was influence-peddling
    another cabinet minister who falsified signed documents and then lied to parliament about it
    -and he managed to hire a chief aide who is a convicted fraud artist with a hooker girl friend , and now he's charged with influence peddling.
    4. Sound financial management – & he's racked up the highest deficits in Canadian history.

    That's a great list of accomplishments. And you can't wait to vote for them again?!
    No wonder Harper thinks the voters are stupid.

    • I'm gonna use this list to convince some friends to stop proping up this right-wing bullyish government.
      The only thing I'd add, is the outrageous hypocrissy that the Cons have been imposing on the population
      re: the legitimacy of a governing coalition. Harper himself planned to OVERTHROW Martin by stricking a
      deal with the NDP and the Bloc. Now he has the gull to say the party that "wins" the election MUST be the
      one to govern. Not only is that written nowhere in the Constituion or anywhere in Parliamentary tradition,
      he himself proposed this option to the other opposition parties. This is tantamount to Con LIES.

      The bottom line is that a governing coalition is a legal for of government.
      I challenge any of you two-bit spindoctor to even attempt to say the contrary.

  25. Speaking for myself, I'll be totally surprised if either of those options appears on the ballot in my riding, so I'm just going to vote for my preferred candidate.

  26. Liberano gangsters terrified of a prospect of loosing, in October of this year, of their direct access to second largest taxpayers' money pit in Canada (Ontario treasury) decided to roll the dice and start another round of electoral fraud.

    I) Complaint in November 2008 – no response from Elections Canada

    "20081105 complaint to EC Commissioner – Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during 08 federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081105-complaint-to-ecc

    "20081106 update on complaint to EC Commissioner – Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during 08 federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081106-update-to-ecc

    "20081110 to O'Connor MP re Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during last federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081110-to-O-Connor-MP

  27. Liberano gangsters terrified of a prospect of loosing, in October of this year, of their direct access to second largest taxpayers' money pit in Canada (Ontario treasury) decided to roll the dice and start another round of electoral fraud.

    I) Complaint in November 2008 – no response from Elections Canada

    "20081105 complaint to EC Commissioner – Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during 08 federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081105-complaint-to-ecc

    "20081106 update on complaint to EC Commissioner – Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during 08 federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081106-update-to-ecc

    "20081110 to O'Connor MP re Mounting evidence of electoral fraud during last federal elections.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20081110-to-O-Connor-MP

  28. Continuation of my previous post.
    II) Complaint E08-513 made on April 4, 2009

    "20090426 complaint E08-513 to ECC – strong suspicion of electoral corruption & electoral fraud during 08 fedreral election – St. John's East.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090426-complaint-to-ecc

    Enclosures to "20090426 complaint E08-513 to ECC":
    "20080502 nl sc j. hoegg r. v. prior.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20080502-nl-sc-r-v-prior

    "20090424 elections canada financial reports – candidate's electoral campaign return – NL, St. John's East.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090424-financial-stjohnseast

    "canada elections act – table of offences.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/cnd-elections-act-offences

  29. Continuation of my previous post.
    II) Complaint E08-513 made on April 4, 2009

    "20090426 complaint E08-513 to ECC – strong suspicion of electoral corruption & electoral fraud during 08 fedreral election – St. John's East.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090426-complaint-to-ecc

    Enclosures to "20090426 complaint E08-513 to ECC":
    "20080502 nl sc j. hoegg r. v. prior.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20080502-nl-sc-r-v-prior

    "20090424 elections canada financial reports – candidate's electoral campaign return – NL, St. John's East.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090424-financial-stjohnseast

    "canada elections act – table of offences.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/cnd-elections-act-offences

  30. Continuation of my previous post.

    "20090616 complaint E08-513 to ECC – from elections canada commissioner.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090616-from-ecc

    "20090617 complaint E08-513 to ECC – to MPs – lawyer at EC plays stupid, accepts at face value 4-fold increase in NDP vote in St. John's East.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090617-to-mps-against-ecc

    "20090618 complaint E08-513 to ECC – reply to elections canada commissioner re file E08-513.pdf" http://tinyurl.com/20090618-reply-to-ecc

  31. If Harper had accepted some responsibility and promised to do better if he wins again, he would have got my vote : as it is he blames everyone else, as usual.

  32. If Harper had accepted some responsibility and promised to do better if he wins again, he would have got my vote : as it is he blames everyone else, as usual.

  33. A chance to steal from the treasury again? No thanks. Corrupt Liberals kept the millions of dollars they stole from Canadians, until they return the money they should absolutely be out of power – and some of them imprisoned.

  34. Canada has gained new respect in the world for our economy and foreign policy – thanks to the Conservatives.

    Hopefully the Conservatives will be able to achieve a majority.

    Everyone knows that a socialist coalition is the worst possible outcome for any country.

  35. Canada has gained new respect in the world for our economy and foreign policy – thanks to the Conservatives.

    Hopefully the Conservatives will be able to achieve a majority.

    Everyone knows that a socialist coalition is the worst possible outcome for any country.

    • "thanks to the Conservatives"?

      You mean for scrapping their plan to deregulate our banks and follow the US model? And for adopting the opposition's stimulus plan after nearly being tossed on their ear?

  36. How do you propose we check un-accountability?

  37. Enough already…Four elections in Seven years…I for one, am election weary…I wish we had the type of system where the ''elected'' Governing party was allowed to finish their term in office…Really.. Honestly ? Would that be too much to ask ?? After all it was the people that voted the party into power…let the people vote them out .

  38. Enough already…Four elections in Seven years…I for one, am election weary…I wish we had the type of system where the ''elected'' Governing party was allowed to finish their term in office…Really.. Honestly ? Would that be too much to ask ?? After all it was the people that voted the party into power…let the people vote them out .

  39. You forgot to mention adscam. You're going off script again. The PMO will NOT be happy.

    Not. hee hee.

  40. You forgot to mention adscam. You're going off script again. The PMO will NOT be happy.

    Not. hee hee.

  41. compared to election fraud; cheatin and stealing tax payers money on the in and out scandle

  42. That doesn't take the liberals off the hook. It just means both parties are bad.

  43. Iggy does not speak for “all” Canadians. Don’t pretend to be the voice of reason for us. Most of us are happy with things the way they are.Really!

    This is just another huge waste of money,time and pollution heaped on us by uncaring politicians.

  44. Iggy does not speak for “all” Canadians. Don’t pretend to be the voice of reason for us. Most of us are happy with things the way they are.Really!
    This is just another huge waste of money,time and pollution heaped on us by uncaring politicians.

  45. I wonder why the GG didn't ask Mr.Ignatieff to try to form a government when Mr. Harper told him that he had lost the confidence of the House. If he tried and failed we would all know that a coalition would not be feasible since few expect them to get more seats in an election. And that would end the options with the present Parliament, and an election would become necessary.

  46. I wonder why the GG didn't ask Mr.Ignatieff to try to form a government when Mr. Harper told him that he had lost the confidence of the House. If he tried and failed we would all know that a coalition would not be feasible since few expect them to get more seats in an election. And that would end the options with the present Parliament, and an election would become necessary.

  47. FALLS! lol. Harper loves the disillusion of the media. He has played them to the great delight of us citizens, so fed up with their former lazy reporting, falling asleep with the recorder in front of cretin mouths. lol
    I say, Harper won and keeps winning because OF the media!

  48. FALLS! lol. Harper loves the disillusion of the media. He has played them to the great delight of us citizens, so fed up with their former lazy reporting, falling asleep with the recorder in front of cretin mouths. lol
    I say, Harper won and keeps winning because OF the media!

  49. So many Elections…So little Democracy…..

  50. So many Elections…So little Democracy…..

  51. Like most people, I'm not happy that we have to suffer through another election campaign.

    However, I strongly believe that this has to be done, even if we end up with the same people in government, because of one simple reason: the Bev Oda affair.

    I understand and accept that politics influences the funding of organizations.

    I understand that some politicians may be foolish enough to alter an official document.

    I can even understand that some politicians may be stupid enough to deny it, shift blame and try to hide it.

    What I cannot understand nor accept is that when confronted with the undeniable facts, Harper and his people felt that they were entitled to falsify and break the rules in order to enforce their will.

    This is what people are revolting against in Lybia, and it simply cannot be allowed to happen in Canada.

    If it costs us $300 million to express our disgust at the polls, so be it.
    Doing nothing would cost us our soul.

  52. Like most people, I'm not happy that we have to suffer through another election campaign.

    However, I strongly believe that this has to be done, even if we end up with the same people in government, because of one simple reason: the Bev Oda affair.

    I understand and accept that politics influences the funding of organizations.

    I understand that some politicians may be foolish enough to alter an official document.

    I can even understand that some politicians may be stupid enough to deny it, shift blame and try to hide it.

    What I cannot understand nor accept is that when confronted with the undeniable facts, Harper and his people felt that they were entitled to falsify and break the rules in order to enforce their will.

    This is what people are revolting against in Lybia, and it simply cannot be allowed to happen in Canada.

    If it costs us $300 million to express our disgust at the polls, so be it.
    Doing nothing would cost us our soul.

  53. NDP Leader Jack Layton claims he is in good health and is running to be the next Prime Minister of Canada. In view of these claims, would Mr. Layton be kind enough, (and honest enough), to explain HOW HE BROKE HIS HIP? Was there an injury to his hip or was the fracture more ominous and related to possible spread of prostate cancer to his hip bone?
    Since Mr. Layton has aspirations of becoming Canada's next PM, and claims to be a champion of honesty in politics, I think he owes the electorate a full and truthful answer to this very serious and important question.

  54. NDP Leader Jack Layton claims he is in good health and is running to be the next Prime Minister of Canada. In view of these claims, would Mr. Layton be kind enough, (and honest enough), to explain HOW HE BROKE HIS HIP? Was there an injury to his hip or was the fracture more ominous and related to possible spread of prostate cancer to his hip bone?
    Since Mr. Layton has aspirations of becoming Canada's next PM, and claims to be a champion of honesty in politics, I think he owes the electorate a full and truthful answer to this very serious and important question.

  55. I'm gonna use this list to convince some friends to stop proping up this right-wing bullyish government.
    The only thing I'd add, is the outrageous hypocrissy that the Cons have been imposing on the population
    re: the legitimacy of a governing coalition. Harper himself planned to OVERTHROW Martin by stricking a
    deal with the NDP and the Bloc. Now he has the gull to say the party that "wins" the election MUST be the
    one to govern. Not only is that written nowhere in the Constituion or anywhere in Parliamentary tradition,
    he himself proposed this option to the other opposition parties. This is tantamount to Con LIES.

    The bottom line is that a governing coalition is a legal for of government.
    I challenge any of you two-bit spindoctor to even attempt to say the contrary.

  56. When is the next election? I moved within the last year and need to get all my documents in order so I don't run into any trouble at the polls when I turn up to vote Liberal.

  57. When is the next election? I moved within the last year and need to get all my documents in order so I don't run into any trouble at the polls when I turn up to vote Liberal.

    • May 2

    • May 3

      • Good one !!…heheheh…………

    • Voting liberal? lol Yes you do need help. We have da Bloc! lolol.
      Les Bloc ensures us da win. The Star is having fits! Because da Bloc she great for da frenchs. Witout da Bloc the french she now be henglish!

  58. "thanks to the Conservatives"?

    You mean for scrapping their plan to deregulate our banks and follow the US model? And for adopting the opposition's stimulus plan after nearly being tossed on their ear?

  59. May 2

  60. May 3

  61. Thanks, that was a good chuckle.

  62. You prefer to be ruled by pollsters?

  63. Good one !!…heheheh…………

  64. The thing is, Harper isnt stable or competent, he makes it look like he is, but just spends more and more to just make it look like everything is okay. We cant afford a conservative majority government because that would turn Canada toward a moralist, economic dereglementation toward the rich and powerful and military state. In the long run a conservative majority will be the downfall of canada, just like George Bush was the downfall of the US. So lets unite! Unite!! thats what we need, and vote all for Liberal. I know the danger of this, but they are the most likely to stand for Canada against th e Tories.

  65. The thing is, Harper isnt stable or competent, he makes it look like he is, but just spends more and more to just make it look like everything is okay. We cant afford a conservative majority government because that would turn Canada toward a moralist, economic dereglementation toward the rich and powerful and military state. In the long run a conservative majority will be the downfall of canada, just like George Bush was the downfall of the US. So lets unite! Unite!! thats what we need, and vote all for Liberal. I know the danger of this, but they are the most likely to stand for Canada against th e Tories.

  66. It's a sad comment on the state of a countries politics when one votes for the least of evils and not because one agrees with any political philosophy. Yes, at least we have this opportunity, and it's far better to be a citizen of Canada than many other places, but even though I have this right to vote, in using it I hate the fact that it might appear that I condone the actions of any of these fools. Harper. Ignatief. Layton. There is not a shred of dignity between the three of them. They play Canadian politics and confuse this with being human.

    Regards
    Dave

  67. It's a sad comment on the state of a countries politics when one votes for the least of evils and not because one agrees with any political philosophy. Yes, at least we have this opportunity, and it's far better to be a citizen of Canada than many other places, but even though I have this right to vote, in using it I hate the fact that it might appear that I condone the actions of any of these fools. Harper. Ignatief. Layton. There is not a shred of dignity between the three of them. They play Canadian politics and confuse this with being human.

    Regards
    Dave

  68. Mr. Ignatief did what any ethical leader would do and that is point out that the governement was out of line, and in contempt. He had no choice but to stand up for what is right. Governement should not be based upon what is going to be cheaper, its supposed to be about good leadership, honesty, representing the people. I think they lost sight of all this and needed a reminder to stop dictating how things are going to be but to listen to the people and the other parties, we do have rights you know? It was Mr. Ignatiefs job to bring this to the forefront as leader of the opposition. Don't hate him for doing what's right. Think of the damage they would have caused if we had just let them carry on it would be alot more expensive to let them continue, we soon would have been footing the bill for criminals to live in brand spanking new ultra modern facilities at the expense of the average working man not to mention spending all the taxpayers money on fighter jets…not for defense but for offense. What the hell are they up to?

  69. Voting liberal? lol Yes you do need help. We have da Bloc! lolol.
    Les Bloc ensures us da win. The Star is having fits! Because da Bloc she great for da frenchs. Witout da Bloc the french she now be henglish!

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