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Stephen J. Harper, May 27, 2006. “Fixed election dates prevent governments from calling snap elections for short-term political advantage. Fixed election dates stop leaders from trying to manipulate the calendar. They level the playing field for all parties. The rules are clear for everybody.”

Stephen J. Harper, August 14, 2008. “I think, quite frankly, I’m going to have to make a judgment in the next little while as to whether or not this Parliament can function productively.”


 
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  1. LMAO!! Thanks for the quotes, Aaron. These will prove to be most useful today.

  2. What? Those statements are consistent. At least they are as consistent as anything else Harper spews.

    If Harper was Pinocchio his nose would stretch from one end of the country clear across to the other.

  3. Mr. Wherry, what is the medicine you take that seems to prevent the amnesia afflicting the rest of the Ottawa press corps?

  4. Excellent question, Cam. Then again, the press gallery has indeed stopped referring to Harper as “chess master” and Dion as “hapless.”

  5. Actually, it’s entirely consistent, or at least, not inconsistent. Fixed election dates don’t stop confidence votes. And Harper can’t just call a snap election. He’s quite rightly expressing frustration at watching the opposition do everything BUT vote non-confidence. The Liberals have shown a penchant for doing cartwheels in the aisles of the House, and every committee Kady covers for Macleans, before voting to force an election. It’s tiring. And lame. Kinda like fishing out superficially contradictory quotes on a slow news day.

  6. If anyone had carefully scanned the relevant legislation they would have seen that, while the government is prohibited from extending its term into a fifth year, it could still call early elections (prorogue and approach GG).

    Although this particular threat seems an empty one.

  7. Really Emmet? Oh I don’t know… Seeing today’s polls which put the LPC ahead of even the Bloc in Quebec, I’d say those cartwheels are paying off and Harper’s elections-every-four-years is seriously backfiring.

  8. ‘If anyone had carefully scanned the relevant legislation they would have seen that, while the government is prohibited from extending its term into a fifth year, it could still call early elections (prorogue and approach GG).”

    Very true but one has to have an incredibly valid argument for that. Sabotaging committee processes and then claiming that parliament is dysfunctional would guarantee an incredible spanking at the polls.

    Can you see the headlines if Harper ever dared to follow through with this ridiculous threat?

  9. I think Harper was thinking of majority governments, Chretien in ’00 comes to mind, from playing political games.

    I think the The Canadian Press/Harris-Decima numbers released today are outliers. Liberals have been below 20% in Quebec for months and now, all of a sudden, they are at 30% and tied with BQ. Not likely.

  10. “I think the The Canadian Press/Harris-Decima numbers released today are outliers. Liberals have been below 20% in Quebec for months and now, all of a sudden, they are at 30% and tied with BQ. Not likely.”

    Or Harper’s recent Oily the Splot and the Bernier Boondoggle are catching up with the CPC?

  11. Then there is always Julie.

  12. oh please please please please please please run on a platform of “making government work productively”, Mr. Goldstein & Findley.

  13. Wow people are actually nibbling the bait. Perfect! Of course Harper is doing everything in his power to apply pressure to Dion and what better way than to drive left wing nuts crazy with frustration so that the ones that are Liberal all start emailing their MP’s applying even more pressue to get Dion to stand up and vote against something anything please! The cool part is that this just makes it harder for Dion to try to whip them into sitting on their hands. I can’t wait until the By-Elections and then the heat gets really cranked up as now it is all just fun and games.

  14. Oh! I almost forgot Hey Boudica Harris, Angus, Insight these firms do not exactly have a very good track record persoanlly I much prefer Nick nanos who was the only one fo the whole lot to get the last election right and CROP for Quebec : Earlier this week our research showed Stephen Harper with a commanding 24 point advantage over Stephane Dion on our best Prime Minister tracking. The same survey showed a deadlock between the Conservatives and the Liberals in the ballot box. Of note, the Tories are up in the province of Quebec and the Liberals are ahead of the Tories by nine points in Ontario.

  15. I don’t see it as a contradiction. Harper obviously thought that Parlimentarians (of ALL parties) would be able to act like grown-ups and actually get some work done if the election date was fixed. He now recognizes that he was giving them too much credit.

  16. Prorogation.

  17. This is newsworthy. Unlike Dion, Harper says what he means, and means what he says. Harper is signalling a new strategy and basically it appears that he will no longer be content to let the Liberals continue to play games anymore. Dion either opposes the government in good faith or supports it in good faith.

    Looks like we’ll have an election this fall: I don’t think Dion will be able to control his caucus any longer.

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