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Harper ‘won’t bite’ on question about his political future

Prime minister declines to comment on what he might do if Conservatives fail to get a majority


 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wouldn’t speculate about his political future on Tuesday should he fail to win the majority government he’s been pleading for since the start of the campaign. The latest poll data shows the Conservatives still need a boost in popularity to reach a majority, meaning Canadian voters will likely elect a federal government that looks a lot like the one that was defeated just weeks ago. Asked whether another minority would signal the end of his political career, Harper refused to answer, saying “I’m not going to take the bite on that one.” In an interview with the CBC on Monday, NDP leader Jack Layton pledged to not topple the government in a coup. “[Harper] gets the first shot to form government,” Layton said. “The question will be: is he willing to work with the other parties.”


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Harper ‘won’t bite’ on question about his political future

  1. Would the CPC let Harper quit? Who would they have to replace him? Baird?

  2. Would the CPC let Harper quit? Who would they have to replace him? Baird?

    • I am curious what would happen if Harper failed to gain his seat. I realize this is way outside the realm of probability but I wondered if he still can stay on as leader of the party .

      • Inevitably a lower-ranking Conservative MP would give up their seat and a by-election would be held. That's usually what happens in those sorts of situations.

        If it came to the point–like the Kim Campbell fiasco–where there were only a handful of seats left, he could be forced out of the party if none of the MP's wanted to give up their seat. But then it really wouldn't matter who the party leader was.

      • It has happened many times before. Mackenzie King lost his seat at least twice, all in elections that he won (provincially, George Drew had a knack for doing so). Constitutionally, there is very little written about the qualifications for being Prime Minister. Mackenzie-Bowell, for instance, served as Prime Minister from the senate (he was, however, unable to control his party effectively, calling parliament a "nest of traitors"… he is usually ranked as Canada's worst PM). Alternately, some newly elected leaders serve as head of government without a seat. For instance, Ernie Eves became premier of Ontario on April 15th, after winning the leadership race, but didn't enter parliament till May 2nd after winning a by-election.

        • This is actually pretty brilliant of the Conservatives. I've talked to more than a few detached voters who have said that they like Stephen Harper and hate Michael Ignatieff. If they thought their vote could keep Harper in charge, they might actually make an extra effort to get to the booth.

          It might not be enough to get a huge majority, but it could be enough to bump up their numbers by a couple of percent. It's an interesting manoeuvre.

      • I am curious what would happen if Iggy failed to gain his seat. I realize this is way outside the realm of probability but I wondered if he still can stay on as leader of the party, or be dumped under the bus to make room for Bob (NDP) Rae .

        • This is actually a lot more likely than you may think…

    • Pinocchio

    • Yes please. There would be something deliciously ironic about having Baird become Prime Minister.

    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is always looking for a teacher of Miltonian economics, or he could go back to the Imperial Oil mailroom.

  3. Perhaps Harvard still has a vacancy?

  4. Perhaps Harvard still has a vacancy?

    • Stephen Harper: Just Leaving?

    • Ah, but will daddy's mailroom?

    • Pretty sure he's not Harvard material, but U of C might take him on as a prof.

    • LOL 'Canadian hearts'…..AHAHAHAHAHA…oh stop, my ribs hurt

        • LOL …..barf

          My money's on Anubis-bot.

        • You're being facetious, right?

          • I don't think she is. The video does prove that Anubis-bot is a worthy opponent

    • When he flexes his brows he looks more like Ignatieff.

  5. Stephen Harper: Just Leaving?

  6. What will Harper do if he fails to win a majority? Simple: COALITION!!!

  7. LOL 'Canadian hearts'…..AHAHAHAHAHA…oh stop, my ribs hurt

  8. Harper is Canada's best hope for Unity, Stability and Prosperity.
    The Cons will not let him go.
    Canada needs him.

    I hope the Liberals give Iggy another chance.

  9. Harper is Canada's best hope for Unity, Stability and Prosperity.
    The Cons will not let him go.
    Canada needs him.

    I hope the Liberals give Iggy another chance.

    • It's too early in the day for all that koolaid…nobody needs Harper beyond his little cult.

      • His little cult is the majority of this country.It is not so much of a cult but more like the better decision here and now.Mr.Ingnatief will be lucky to get 40 seats now…let alone his own riding.

        • 70% of Canadians voted for other parties.

          Harper is a cult.

  10. In other news, Stephen Harper "won't bite" on any other topics either.

  11. In other news, Stephen Harper "won't bite" on any other topics either.

    • or he sees that kind of talk as taking away from what he wants the election to be about. Having everyone obsessed with him staying or not is probably the last thing he wants. Pretty simple.

    • And yet, strangely enough, Harper himself truly "bites". LOL!

      [Bring it on Conbots; it was just too good a setup to let pass!]

  12. I am curious what would happen if Harper failed to gain his seat. I realize this is way outside the realm of probability but I wondered if he still can stay on as leader of the party .

  13. Inevitably a lower-ranking Conservative MP would give up their seat and a by-election would be held. That's usually what happens in those sorts of situations.

    If it came to the point–like the Kim Campbell fiasco–where there were only a handful of seats left, he could be forced out of the party if none of the MP's wanted to give up their seat. But then it really wouldn't matter who the party leader was.

  14. LOL …..barf

    My money's on Anubis-bot.

  15. It's too early in the day for all that koolaid…nobody needs Harper beyond his little cult.

  16. well in either event whatever happens the day after the polls close – the Lib's will be throwing Iggy under the bus first : Iggy has to win at least 25 more seats or else he is in serious trouble (old tradition and please don't make me expalin it – as it has to do with numbers and history and that usually confuses frustrated left wing nuts) … Jack should have no troubles as he is the only one gaining serious ground. If anyone honestly belives harper is in trouble they need to re-up their meds – as I see it Gilees and Iggy are toast – Gilles is out after this time artound as that is what he wants – Iggy is toast and you may as welll stick a fork in him because he is done – this why you can almost smell the fear and desparation from that camp right now !!!!

  17. well in either event whatever happens the day after the polls close – the Lib's will be throwing Iggy under the bus first : Iggy has to win at least 25 more seats or else he is in serious trouble (old tradition and please don't make me expalin it – as it has to do with numbers and history and that usually confuses frustrated left wing nuts) … Jack should have no troubles as he is the only one gaining serious ground. If anyone honestly belives harper is in trouble they need to re-up their meds – as I see it Gilees and Iggy are toast – Gilles is out after this time artound as that is what he wants – Iggy is toast and you may as welll stick a fork in him because he is done – this why you can almost smell the fear and desparation from that camp right now !!!!

    • Except for their new leader Bob (NDP) Rae

    • lies.

  18. Oh please may this be the last election we have to deal with Harper. Please John Baird, please Peter MacKay please rally your moderate troops and oust Harper just as soon as he fails to deliver a majority for the third time. Please may we go into the next election with a Conservative leader that actually shares Canadian values rather than one that is so obviously trying to restrain his urge to privatize everything we hold dear….for as long as it takes to convince or manipulate enough of us to go along with it. Please may we return to the day when we have three major political parties that actually make a show of wanting to serve all Canadians, rather than one that tries desperately to win just enough people over to its team to get a mandate to pursue a highly partisan agenda.

  19. "NDP leader Jack Layton pledged to not topple the government in a coup."

    Smart statement by Layton. I imagine he hopes that this position will lead left wing voters to commit to a strong NDP as the counter balance to a Tory minority rather than a strong Liberal Party hell bent on toppling the government in a non-confidence vote on the reintroduced Tory budget.

  20. "NDP leader Jack Layton pledged to not topple the government in a coup."

    Smart statement by Layton. I imagine he hopes that this position will lead left wing voters to commit to a strong NDP as the counter balance to a Tory minority rather than a strong Liberal Party hell bent on toppling the government in a non-confidence vote on the reintroduced Tory budget.

    • So now Jack doesn"t want to play ball with Iggy?
      I dont beleive him, he"s just trying to cover all angles.
      The new leader of the Grits will be Bob Rae, I dont think Jack has much room for the NDP turncoat.

      • Ignatieff was parachuted in from America to block Bob Rae's leadership bid. At the leadership convention (after several votes) the Grits split into three camps Rae, Iggy, and anyone else who just happened to be Dion. I think you'd sooner see Goodale then Rae as the interim leader after Iggy books his one way flight back to the America.

  21. Bernard Lord for PM!!

  22. Bernard Lord for PM!!

    • He should have runa against Brian Murphy this time then.

  23. He'll do the same thing he's done for the last five years; play the parties off each other surviving from one non-confidence motion to the next. duh!

    The Grits are the only party interested in a coalition government. They will never have enough seats to govern without the support of both the NDP and the Bloc.

  24. He'll do the same thing he's done for the last five years; play the parties off each other surviving from one non-confidence motion to the next. duh!

    The Grits are the only party interested in a coalition government. They will never have enough seats to govern without the support of both the NDP and the Bloc.

  25. It has happened many times before. Mackenzie King lost his seat at least twice, all in elections that he won (provincially, George Drew had a knack for doing so). Constitutionally, there is very little written about the qualifications for being Prime Minister. Mackenzie-Bowell, for instance, served as Prime Minister from the senate (he was, however, unable to control his party effectively, calling parliament a "nest of traitors"… he is usually ranked as Canada's worst PM). Alternately, some newly elected leaders serve as head of government without a seat. For instance, Ernie Eves became premier of Ontario on April 15th, after winning the leadership race, but didn't enter parliament till May 2nd after winning a by-election.

  26. or he sees that kind of talk as taking away from what he wants the election to be about. Having everyone obsessed with him staying or not is probably the last thing he wants. Pretty simple.

  27. harper's future? mmm… maybe he will have time to answer about the G-8 50$ million crookery, or Mulroney /Karlheinz Schreiber's affair that went under the carpet, after all, the G.S.T. is their making, but yet, the traitor couldn't hold himself

  28. This is actually pretty brilliant of the Conservatives. I've talked to more than a few detached voters who have said that they like Stephen Harper and hate Michael Ignatieff. If they thought their vote could keep Harper in charge, they might actually make an extra effort to get to the booth.

    It might not be enough to get a huge majority, but it could be enough to bump up their numbers by a couple of percent. It's an interesting manoeuvre.

  29. If we have a markedly similar Parliament after May 2, all the party leaders should resign.

  30. If we have a markedly similar Parliament after May 2, all the party leaders should resign.

  31. Time for a little levity – a look at an older newspaper article which shows what a huge insecure freak of nature we currently have in the PMO. This is hysterically funny, especially the christmas card bit. What a sad fellow he must be inside. (and how creepy is that picture shown!)
    http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.ht

  32. Time for a little levity – a look at an older newspaper article which shows what a huge insecure freak of nature we currently have in the PMO. This is hysterically funny, especially the christmas card bit. What a sad fellow he must be inside. (and how creepy is that picture shown!)
    http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.ht

    • Yes, a creepy creep.

  33. You're being facetious, right?

  34. Yes, a creepy creep.

  35. Who would be better than Harper? Tough choice. Probably a toss up between a rock and a fencepost.

  36. And yet, strangely enough, Harper himself truly "bites". LOL!

    [Bring it on Conbots; it was just too good a setup to let pass!]

  37. Pinocchio

  38. Ah, but will daddy's mailroom?

  39. Dictatorship with minority!

    Majority?! LOL! can you imagine the Harper regime with a majority government?! SCARY!.

    • Reality will be staring you in the face May 3.Please …just DO NOT turn to alcohol.

  40. Parasites never leave their hosts voluntarily.

  41. Parasites never leave their hosts voluntarily.

  42. Pretty sure he's not Harvard material, but U of C might take him on as a prof.

  43. I don't think she is. The video does prove that Anubis-bot is a worthy opponent

  44. Yes please. There would be something deliciously ironic about having Baird become Prime Minister.

  45. When he flexes his brows he looks more like Ignatieff.

  46. He should have runa against Brian Murphy this time then.

  47. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is always looking for a teacher of Miltonian economics, or he could go back to the Imperial Oil mailroom.

  48. I am curious what would happen if Iggy failed to gain his seat. I realize this is way outside the realm of probability but I wondered if he still can stay on as leader of the party, or be dumped under the bus to make room for Bob (NDP) Rae .

  49. Except for their new leader Bob (NDP) Rae

  50. So now Jack doesn"t want to play ball with Iggy?
    I dont beleive him, he"s just trying to cover all angles.
    The new leader of the Grits will be Bob Rae, I dont think Jack has much room for the NDP turncoat.

  51. lies.

  52. Silly Canadians. Consequences are for Liberals!

  53. Silly Canadians. Consequences are for Liberals!

  54. Ignatieff was parachuted in from America to block Bob Rae's leadership bid. At the leadership convention (after several votes) the Grits split into three camps Rae, Iggy, and anyone else who just happened to be Dion. I think you'd sooner see Goodale then Rae as the interim leader after Iggy books his one way flight back to the America.

  55. Seriously? regardless of stripes, have you ever seen someone so blatantly lie day in & day out straight to your face the way Stephen Harper does?.

    I helped vote this thing into power & am completely blown away ever time I see a clip of his fear mongering campaign each & every day of this campaign, its unbelievable, literally!.

    I've voted Conservative, PC, NDP & Liberal over my years so please don't assume I'm just an ABC person, I'm not. but this guy is by far the lowest of the low I've ever seen, straight out of the American playbook of say anything to scare people into following you, regardless of TRUTH & HONOR.

    I find it just sickening as a proud Canadian.

  56. Stephen Harper only "bites" when there is political advantage to be gained by said biting. There is simply no other consideration guiding his actions, so we should not be surprised that he refuses to continue to answer difficult or uncomfortable questions.

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