King Arthur speaks


Going into the election, André Arthur’s seat in Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier seemed as safe as anyone’s. The former shock jock turned independent MP walloped the riding’s Bloc incumbent in 2006, winning by a 7,000-vote majority. Somehow, that lead shrunk to some 600 votes on October 14. Arthur was none too happy about it when I spoke to him last week, nor was he impressed with the Conservatives’ showing in Quebec:

I’m frustrated because it’s put us in a dangerous situation. Canada needed a majority government. With the economic period we’re entering, we don’t need cat fights in Parliament. We needed a strong government. I’m ticked off at the Conservatives who put national unity in danger by letting the Bloc get in their way in an election where separation wasn’t even an issue.

You can read the rest of my interview with Arthur here.

[Photo by Mitchel Raphael]


King Arthur speaks

  1. Another person who for some reason equates “strong government” with “good government”.

    We don’t need a strong, bad, government, Andre, and with Flaherty’s news about another total monthly deficit of almost 2 billion dollars it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is bad government.

    In Flaherty’s defence, however, the credit crunch probably made it more difficult to sell off Canadian assets to cover his books like he was planning.

  2. This is a brilliant interview on both sides. Arthur is incredibly asute politically, I had no idea. They should give this guy a cabinet portfolio, if he’d take it – he could remain an independent, no?

    Thwim, all I took from his endorsement of majority governments was that they avoid the insanity of minority parliaments (especially, as you say, in Tough Times). One may well be against a Tory majority (I am!), but majorities per se strike me as necessary for proper government. Particularly refreshing to hear an Independent MP say so!

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