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Irony-free headlines from the recent past


 

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In honour of the current goings on in Ottawa, in which the Liberals and the NDP are planning to form a coalition government with the tacit approval of the Bloc Québécois, DMA humbly presents, without comment, a few choice headlines from the run up to the 2006 federal election–AKA, the last time Canada underwent a ‘national unity crisis.’

Harper risks ‘getting into bed’ with Bloc: Layton

The Whitehorse Star – April 28, 2005 

Liberal-NDP marriage to be shortlived?

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (ON) – April 29, 2005

Leaders blast others’ political promiscuity: Who’s sleeping with whom: parties trade barbs over political bedfellows

Sudbury Star (ON) – Canada, Friday, April 29, 2005

The unofficial federal election campaign has turned downright racy with charges of political promiscuity and sleeping with the enemy.

[…]

Prime Minister Paul Martin and NDP Leader Jack Layton used separate stops half-a-country apart Thursday to deliver a common message: the Conservatives are in bed with the separatists in a fickle attempt to bring down the minority Liberal government.

Jack Layton says party won’t prop up Liberals in possible confidence motion

Timmins Daily Press (ON) – Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Martin, Harper playing patriot games

Peterborough Examiner (ON) – December 22, 2005

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[Paul] Martin, however, barely broke stride when he reached a rally in Quebec City, where he once again conjured the image of an alliance between Harper and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe.


 

Irony-free headlines from the recent past

  1. Duceppe cannot be trusted. He’s in league with the separatists.

  2. Imagine: after post after post from Wheery and O’Malley sneering at the “hypocrisy” of Harper for now criticizing the opposition for working with the BQ, some enterprising journalist actually stops to ask: gee, back when Harper was in opposition, what did Paul Martin – the “wise man” of the coalition – have to say about working with separatists? Gee, is it possible that Liberals aren’t exactly pure as driven snow on this issue? That Martin is now trying to give the coalition legitimacy by doing exactly what he said Harper had to be kept out of power in order to prevent? Maybe if both sides are acting hypocritically, something is going on here, and ain’t Harper being “obsessed”, “ideological”, “partisan”, “mean”, or whatever. Maybe its more like: parties out of power will work with separatists to try and seize power. Parties in power will attack the opposition for working with separatists. Hmm…. so if they BOTH do the same thing, just depending on what political position they’re in, what’s really going on here? Wheery? O’Malley? Bueller?

  3. Another good example:

    Canadian Press
    April 29 2005

    “The unofficial federal election campaign has turned downright racy with charges of political promiscuity and sleeping with the enemy. Prime Minister Paul Martin and NDP Leader Jack Layton used separate stops half-a-country apart yesterday to deliver a common message: the Conservatives are in bed with the separatists in a fickle attempt to bring down the minority Liberal government….. Layton kicked off the war of words in Halifax. He said Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will be “getting into bed” with Quebec separatists if he joins the Bloc Quebecois to force an election. Martin, who recently secured New Democrat support for his government through a deal that promises $4.6 billion in new social spending, jumped on the same theme in Thunder Bay. “The Bloc Quebecois in Quebec – the separatists – benefit from a premature election and it is beyond belief to me why Stephen Harper wants to play that game,” he told CBC-TV.”

    Wheery? O’Malley? Bueller?

  4. >Gee, is it possible that Liberals aren’t exactly pure as driven snow on this issue?

    Exactly. The point is that it’s a wash – and Harper’s only looking worse every time he brings it up on the assumption that Canadians don’t remember 2006.

    Realistically, he needs to come up with a better argument than this one, and fast. And, no, the lack of flags (that’s going to be his epitaph, and it’s a particularly horrible one) isn’t it.

  5. The better argument is ultimately the best political argument. The reason that parties in power accuse the opposition of working with separatists isn’t just because they want to keep power for themselves, but because they think it will hurt the opposition in Ontario. The opposition isn’t so worried about the immediate political optics, just seizing power and then hoping to win public trust by governing. Once you recognize that you see that they’re both “cynical”, “manipulative”, “hypocritical”, “partisan”, “inconsistent”, “un-statesmanlike”, etc. But the public – unlike some of the journalists around here – understands that this true of both sides. So neither can make a very good “argument” for themselves in principle. The only way to resolve the question is to find out which of the two evils the public judges to be more trustworthy. The argument will never be solved as a matter of principle on either side, because both sides are blatantly unprincipled. It has to be solved politically.

  6. In a time of crisis Canadians must put their partisan sensibilities first, and focus on the most important matter at hand – not the economy, but the assignment of blame and recitation of talking points.

  7. >The opposition isn’t so worried about the immediate political optics, just seizing power and then hoping to win public trust by governing.

    Which is smart, since Harper’s biggest argument last election was that Dion, and the Liberals in general, couldn’t be trusted with power. He set the bar so low that all Dion has to do is essentially ensure that Canada isn’t nuked by China in the next three months and he’ll have surpassed expectations.

    All those attack ads are coming back to bite the Cons in the ass.

  8. Well, given that Dion will be governing with a former Maoist, I wouldn’t rely on no funny business with China.

  9. strange bedfellows.

    please practice safe politics and wrap yourself (in a flag).

    you sleep with everyone your partner slept with.

    is there a morning after pill for all this?

  10. Free Alberta!

  11. Where do I get my free Alberta?

  12. cracker jacks! get your cracker jacks!

  13. “Free Alberta!”

    Yes, because separatists are bad and evil and wicked and traitors.

    Except for Western separatists, who are noble and patriotic.

    :)

  14. VIVE LE QUÉBEC LIBRE !!!

  15. Too much money flows into Quebec for it to be free, in both senses of the word.

  16. FREE JAMES BROWN!!!

  17. Martin, however, barely broke stride when he reached a rally in Quebec City, where he once again conjured the image of an alliance between Harper and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe.

    Yet he’s one of the four chosen wise men who actually seems to have agreed to play the role of wise man for this new government. Strange fellows, them progressives. I’m not saying their motivations aren’t as pure as the driven snow – of course they are. Still, it just… looks bad on them.

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