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NDP rejects federal budget

Spring election looms as opposition announces it will vote down Conservative budget


 

NDP leader Jack Layton announced Tuesday that his party will not support the federal budget. They join the Liberals and the Bloc Québécois in rejecting the government’s proposed spending, thereby paving the way for a non-confidence motion that could bring down the Conservatives. Speaking to reporters after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the budget in the House of Commons, Layton said that the Conservatives had an opportunity to meet the needs of families, but that “Mr. Harper’s budget did not do that.”

CBC News


 
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NDP rejects federal budget

  1. Way to go Jack. I join other Liberals in saying I'm very proud of you.

  2. I'm reading all over the internet today that Liberals and NDP supporters are happy about the up coming election. I'm not sure I understand why.

    When every single poll consistently shows the CPC ahead in the polls – in some cases approaching majority territory – why is an election a welcome thing?

    In aggregate, I see the LPC perhaps gaining some seats, the NDP losing some, and perhaps the CPC losing a few as well, but still winning enough to form another minority government.

    I hate to be trollish here, but other than a coalition*, in what manner does the LPC form government?

  3. Well, speaking for me, I've had enough of the bloody pre-writ Conservative attack ads and EAP ads and the contempt for Parliament. Lets go to an election.. If Harper gets a majority, at least we'll have lost on principle. If Canadians want this type of governing, they get the government they deserve. so be it

  4. And if there's another CPC minority and we basically end up in the same place as now, what do you think of that?

  5. If there is another CPC minority we may see the end of Stephen Harper has leader of the party. I do not think the members of the party will still have confidence in a man that cannot get them a majority.

  6. Where is your god now, Team 2012?!?

  7. Finally another election. This time I expect that Canadians will wipe Iggy and Layton off of the map for taking this country through a totally unecessary election simply to make a grasp for power. Unfortunately it will cost a lot of money but will be worth it. Who could even imagine having one of those two clowns representing Canada on the international stage. Wishy-washy Iggy would give the country away in a heartbeat and Layton wouldn't have a clue about anything beyond his socialist agenda. Harper's gov't took Canada through the economic crisis and we survived much better than any other country. Can you imagine where we would be with the other two? This will be the end of Ignatief and Layton, and by their own hand too….sweet.

  8. We have to be careful while looking at polls, Jeffrey Simpson in the Globe and Mail a few months ago wrote good column.

    "Think for a moment, please. What do Robert Stanfield, Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Jean Chrétien, Preston Manning, Stephen Harper, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff have in common?

    They've all been leaders of the opposition, representing the Conservative, Reform and Liberal parties. And while they were in opposition, without exception, they were less popular than the prime minister." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opin

    And Matlock in another blog post brought up the numbers when the writ dropped on Nov 28 2005 from Harris Decima:

    Liberals – 36%
    CPC – 28%
    NDP – 19%

  9. You're funny.

  10. I'd like an opportunity for all three parties to have an opportunity to fight at even strength. The CPC's huge fundraising advantage has given them an opportunity to bombard the nation's airwaves with propaganda (and this includes the Economic Action Plan ads, which are propaganda that Canadian taxpayers are paying for).

  11. Also, if they get another minority it will reiterate the fact that Canadians do not trust them with a majority and allow the opposition to hold them in check more easily. More to the point, if the ballot question for the opposition is Conservative corruption and the Conservatives get a minority, then the opposition will have a mandate to drag them in front of committees for contempt every time they misbehave.

  12. Also, if they get another minority it will reiterate the fact that Canadians do not trust them with a majority and allow the opposition to hold them in check more easily. More to the point, if the ballot question for the opposition is Conservative corruption and the Conservatives get a minority, then the opposition will have a mandate to drag them in front of committees for contempt every time they misbehave.

    • It could also stand to reason that the party bases have become entrenched and that swing voters aren't voting.
      These faces are are largely recycled from the past few elections, where's the change?

    • Wait.. how does us not trusting them with a majority allow the opposition to hold them in check more easily? I mean, I understand the theory, but evidence from the previous two election works against that.

      • It's an issue this time. In the previous two elections, the Conservatives weren't suffering from serial scandals and their accountability wasn't a ballot question. All of the opposition parties are going to running against Conservative unaccountability this time, so any gains they make will give them a mandate to keep the Conservatives in check.

        • And you expect the CPC to pay attention to this "mandate" because … uh… why again?

          • Um, I don't expect the CPC to pay attention to it. I expect the opposition to.

            They should have been going after Ministers back in 2006, likely starting with Rona Ambrose's tenuous relationship with the truth when she was environment minister. They should have been going after the government for withholding documents by early 2007. This behaviour from the Conservatives isn't new, it's been part of their SOP since they took over…arguably since before they took over if you consider the way they let the meat packers off the hook during the mad cow crisis.

            If the opposition parties are campaigning against Conservative corruption, they will have a mandate to take action over every Conservative misstep.

          • It's a nice thought, but frankly a mandate and a $1.25 will get you a cup of coffee at Tim Horton's. I think and hope the CPC should be held accountable, but it should be done irregardless of election results.

  13. You lost me when you said that Jeffrey Simpson wrote a good column.

  14. You lost me when you said that Jeffrey Simpson wrote a good column.

  15. I'll take an "M" for majority, Pat.

    This one won't even be close.

    Not even close.

    A straight up choice between Iggy and Harper will produce the worst showing for the Liberals in their party history.

  16. I'll take an "M" for majority, Pat.

    This one won't even be close.

    Not even close.

    A straight up choice between Iggy and Harper will produce the worst showing for the Liberals in their party history.

  17. Translation: at least we'll be rid of Iggy.

    Yes, something a lot of Liberals are whispering under their chins these days.

  18. Translation: at least we'll be rid of Iggy.

    Yes, something a lot of Liberals are whispering under their chins these days.

  19. "Harper's gov't took Canada through the economic crisis and we survived much better than any other country."
    Wrong. The banking regulations, or whatever it's called, that saved Canadian economy from sinking too deep were already in place. Harper just had to ride the wave.

  20. "Harper's gov't took Canada through the economic crisis and we survived much better than any other country."
    Wrong. The banking regulations, or whatever it's called, that saved Canadian economy from sinking too deep were already in place. Harper just had to ride the wave.

  21. " NDP rejects federal budget" WHA…!!! No Way!!!

  22. " NDP rejects federal budget" WHA…!!! No Way!!!

  23. That was sarcasm right?

  24. That was sarcasm right?

  25. NDP rejects federal budget – I reject NDP.

  26. NDP rejects federal budget – I reject NDP.

    • This being a change from previous in what fashion?

  27. It's the clown suit. Though it brings out a pathological fear in some.

  28. It's the clown suit. Though it brings out a pathological fear in some.

  29. Too many Canadians tune out politics until an election is called to be really turned off by much that happens before an official election call.
    That may explain in part the polling numbers even as the government faces questions over it's ethics and accountability.
    In short, what's taken place only matters to those paying attention.

  30. Too many Canadians tune out politics until an election is called to be really turned off by much that happens before an official election call.
    That may explain in part the polling numbers even as the government faces questions over it's ethics and accountability.
    In short, what's taken place only matters to those paying attention.

    • Has only mattered to, you mean.

      It could certainly start to matter now.

  31. It could also stand to reason that the party bases have become entrenched and that swing voters aren't voting.
    These faces are are largely recycled from the past few elections, where's the change?

  32. Wait.. how does us not trusting them with a majority allow the opposition to hold them in check more easily? I mean, I understand the theory, but evidence from the previous two election works against that.

  33. This being a change from previous in what fashion?

  34. It's an issue this time. In the previous two elections, the Conservatives weren't suffering from serial scandals and their accountability wasn't a ballot question. All of the opposition parties are going to running against Conservative unaccountability this time, so any gains they make will give them a mandate to keep the Conservatives in check.

  35. He's a Liberal. Think is a foreign concept to him!

  36. He's a Liberal. Think is a foreign concept to him!

    • Too cold to stay under your bridge, eh?

  37. The budget is reasonable, therefore the socialists hate it, they want tax increases and greater dependence on government – that way if they attain power you'll have to answer to them.

  38. The budget is reasonable, therefore the socialists hate it, they want tax increases and greater dependence on government – that way if they attain power you'll have to answer to them.

  39. No, they'll be paying attention to an election finally. They'll forget by election day who's "fault" it is for "causing" it. It's good to vote.

  40. No, they'll be paying attention to an election finally. They'll forget by election day who's "fault" it is for "causing" it. It's good to vote.

  41. This is good. The public will get a chance to more directly compare the PM and the alternatives. So it hasn't been the usual 4 years since the last election, big deal.

  42. This is good. The public will get a chance to more directly compare the PM and the alternatives. So it hasn't been the usual 4 years since the last election, big deal.

  43. And you expect the CPC to pay attention to this "mandate" because … uh… why again?

  44. Too cold to stay under your bridge, eh?

  45. All in all, one supposes that the professional politicians feel that they need an election to justify their miserable existences, and therefore, we will have and indeed should have an election. One further supposes that the Canadian electorate will now exercise its right to pronounce on which lot of rascals are best thrown out.

  46. All in all, one supposes that the professional politicians feel that they need an election to justify their miserable existences, and therefore, we will have and indeed should have an election. One further supposes that the Canadian electorate will now exercise its right to pronounce on which lot of rascals are best thrown out.

  47. Um, I don't expect the CPC to pay attention to it. I expect the opposition to.

    They should have been going after Ministers back in 2006, likely starting with Rona Ambrose's tenuous relationship with the truth when she was environment minister. They should have been going after the government for withholding documents by early 2007. This behaviour from the Conservatives isn't new, it's been part of their SOP since they took over…arguably since before they took over if you consider the way they let the meat packers off the hook during the mad cow crisis.

    If the opposition parties are campaigning against Conservative corruption, they will have a mandate to take action over every Conservative misstep.

  48. And when there's no coaltion, they're out of arguments for next time.

  49. And when there's no coaltion, they're out of arguments for next time.

  50. It's a nice thought, but frankly a mandate and a $1.25 will get you a cup of coffee at Tim Horton's. I think and hope the CPC should be held accountable, but it should be done irregardless of election results.

  51. Has only mattered to, you mean.

    It could certainly start to matter now.

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