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‘It could have been so different’


 

After reading the morning papers into the record, that was Wayne Easter’s conclusion a moment ago during debate in the House.

Stockwell Day subsequently rose and accused Mr. Easter of both ruining the stock market and communing with separatists. 

It is, of course, silly to enforce logic on these proceedings, but is it worth remembering how the Finance Minister openly spoke of consulting with the Bloc last week on the economic statement and, for that matter, that in doing so he also chastised the Liberals and NDP for not being so similarly interested in such bipartisanship? 

Probably not.

So let’s also not recall the Conservative government’s 2006 budget, which passed the House with Bloc support.


 

‘It could have been so different’

  1. The 2006 budget? Toss it down into the memory hole. We don’t need old, has-been facts of yesterday interfering with talking points we need today.

  2. I watched Easter’s speech too. Not the most sophisticated or articulate of souls and can be as partisan as anyone but he usually has some folksy wisdom to put on the table.

    I remember watching his maiden speech when he was first elected and it was one of the best I’ve heard.

  3. Let us not forget that the Coalition talks have also caused the S&P 500 to decline by 5% today as well. Who knew that Canada’s political fortunes had such global impacts.

  4. From this point on, we will require the Blocs consent on EVERY piece of legislation for this country. EVERY piece. Not just an occasional consultation. Everything.

  5. Who knew that Canada’s political fortunes had such global impacts.

    Well, Andrew, you have to remember that Canada’s back.

  6. From this point on, we will require the Blocs consent on EVERY piece of legislation for this country.

    I’m comfortable with that as long as it means we won’t require the Conservatives consent on any piece of legislation for this country.

  7. From this point on, we will require the Blocs consent on EVERY piece of legislation for this country. EVERY piece. Not just an occasional consultation. Everything.

    So you’re saying you’re 100% confident, having not seen a single piece of proposed legislation, that the CPC would refuse to vote for ANYTHING proposed by a coalition government, no matter what it is?

    I certainly expect them to vote against legislation they disagree with, but you’re suggesting they’d vote against legislation they agree with too, just out of spite.

    That would be pretty petty.

  8. madness: perhaps the CPC would, in the interest of making Parliament work, vote with the Coalition from time to time.

  9. Andrew (not Potter or Coyne): I’d expect they’d need a new leader before they’d do that; either that or Harper would have to pretty much lose control over his caucus.

  10. “From this point on, we will require the Blocs consent on EVERY piece of legislation for this country. EVERY piece. Not just an occasional consultation. Everything.”

    Um no. Only a power-mad raving lunatic would insist that every vote is a confidence vote.

  11. I am glad that all these clowns finally have shown their colours. This will mark the beginning of the the end of the Bloc, major blow to NDP and the split of Liberal Party. Somehow I have a feeling that Iggy will give a boot to old Liberal guards that started all that mess. Allegedly Iggy has a support of at least 50 Liberal MP’s so even if he tosses old Liberano Guards overboard Liberals could still remain an official opposition.

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