And now a word from our current Prime Minister


Or at least word of imminent word. This just in from the press gallery email list.

“Please note we have just been informed that the Prime Minister will make a statement in French and English in the Foyer of the House of Commons between 17:00 and 17:30. No questions will be taken.”

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And now a word from our current Prime Minister

  1. “No questions will be taken”?

    Whoops. Looks like the sweater vest has definitely left the building. Harper of OLD has returned.

  2. No questions will be taken

    Just as well. The government’s behaviour over the last few days has been pretty straight forward. I doubt any reporters would have any questions anyways.

  3. Seems also that they are in more or less a state of panic.

  4. I tjink the first question should be – what are your future career plans Mr. Prime minister – after Monday?

  5. might be a good idea to gauge his throwing arm

  6. Everybody’s talking about what the Liberal/NDP talks must be like, and how much they’d like to be there.

    But that’s not where the entertainment is.

    No, the entertainment is in the Conservative caucus right now, where they not only face the fall of their government over the PM’s ideological rigidity and hyper-partisanship, but the distinct possibility that their cherished perceived advantage on economic issues is leaving for good.

    When even Don Martin is saying your actions are ridiculous, you’ve jumped the shark.

  7. “but the distinct possibility that their cherished perceived advantage on economic issues is leaving for good”

    Far more significantly, before the next election their rivals get to look at the books.

  8. War Measures Act? I can only hope…

  9. Flaherty is saying that the cuts to party funding are still on the table.

    Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the government will “stay on track” and leave the cuts to political party subsidies in the financial package to be introduced in Parliament next week.

    Speaking to reporters Friday after a speech in Toronto, Mr. Flaherty said the changes are “in the financial plan of the government of Canada” and will remain.

    The changes are not included in Friday’s ways and means motion because they are not tax measures, he said, but they will not be removed from the overall legislation.

  10. I find it hard to believe Harper could survive this episode if he loses government.

  11. Wabbit: “what are your future career plans Mr. Prime minister – after Monday?”

    Heh, I wonder, eh? Man oh man the caucus and most of all the Cabinet must be boiling with rage at PMO right about now, as Demosthenes says. And also at anyone involved in this rake-to-the-face gambit, i.e. Flaherty too. Does that translate into revolt, or at least the stealthy sharpening of knives? After all their patience and self-restraint and discipline for the last two years, followed by the majority that wasn’t, followed by this, you’d think Tory nerves were starting to wear a bit thin.

  12. My only hope is that the Tory caucus finally turns on Harper after this, whether they stay in government or not.

    I want that man discredited!

  13. quick some one line up a kid in the CPC war room to fire (i mean temporarily suspend)!

    do you think he is going to announce the secession of Alberta?

  14. Jack: the caucus discipline was based on a simple proposition: Harper is the man to deliver a majority, and then distibute the spoils accordingly. He knows—everybody knows—that a Canadian Prime Minister with a majority is just about as powerful a figure as you get in the western world. And they also believed that that majority would signal that Canada was ready for a shift rightward, so the future prospects would be bright as Harper uses his power to change the discourse as well as the policies.

    And in one stroke, he may have ruined it all.

  15. Why doesn’t this PM, the most open and accountable PM in the history of PMitude, post such notices on the media section of his super-open and hyper-accountable website?

  16. “do you think he is going to announce the secession of Alberta?”

    after he farts the Magna Carta

  17. Demosthenes: “And in one stroke, he may have ruined it all.”

    It’s straight out of Shakespeare, eh?

    Teneycke: “Milord, think on’t: the hasty stroke is rash
    Nor needs’t thou such sweet vengeance at this hour.
    Harper: The hour is bloody.
    Flaherty: Wherefore this recourse?
    Thy laurels are but newly minted green,
    Culled from the hedges of thine enemies.
    Harper: Enough, the deed is done. Unto the house
    I beg ye, now proclaim our fixèd purpose:
    The Bloc, the NDP, the hated throng
    That ‘neath the banner of that dotard, Chetien,
    Yet simper of their right to government,
    Shall one and all rescind their pensionries
    And fall before the power of mine arms.
    Teneycke: God keep us all.
    Flaherty: Amen.
    Harper: Go to it, then!

    (alarms within etc.)

  18. Jack, I doff my cap.

  19. after he farts the Magna Carta

    I would like so pay a steep admission price to that.

  20. you never know. Its not like he doesn’t have the retention skills.

  21. Mr. Coyne seems to have slightly misjudged the mood of the people in his comments on CBC last night.

    Mr. Harper deserves every ounce of the disdain that’s being heaped on him today. What a dunce.

  22. I can respect Coyne’s ideological stance to an extent, but sometimes he is blinded by it. He sometimes projects what he thinks should happen onto events in judging how things will pan out.

    In other words, the more passionate he is about something, the less reliable his prognostications.

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