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Michael Chong Maverick Watch


 

A question asked by the Conservative MP in the final moments of debate in the House today.

“Mr. Speaker, in light of the events that are taking place as we speak, my question is, what would Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine, two fathers of responsible government in Canada, two citizens, one francophone, one anglophone, who reached across the aisle to forge a consensus, two people who, out of the rebellions of the Upper and Lower Canada in the 19th century, argued that violence was not the solution but, rather, a redefined role for the legislative branch of government, one that would see the legislative branch as central to the political life of a nation, have said about the events that are transpiring in this House and outside of this House this week?”


 

Michael Chong Maverick Watch

  1. Michael Chong is the only well-known politican left who has any integrity.

  2. I sent Mr. Chong yesterday (along with my no-doubt spineless Conservative MP) the first letter (email) I’ve ever sent to an MP, to the effect that for the good of the Party and the country Harper must resign immediately, before doing any more damage, and as a matter of personal honour the Conservative caucus must force him out.

  3. It’s nearly as quiet on Blog Central this afternoon as it was on October 15th, the day after the election. The left’s hopes are dashed once again. The sulking has begun.

    Folks, the coalition had no political legitimacy, let’s be clear on that. The Liberals in particular have an absolute fear of facing the electorate. They wanted to bring down the government in a vote of non-confidence, but we’re too scared to face the people of Canada. This was fundamentally undemocratic in the worst possible way. Dion’s taped nonsense last night talking to the Canadian people like there had been no verdict 6 short weeks ago was truly, truly pathetic. Chong’s right.

  4. They probably would have wondered why the Liberals signed a deal with a Seperatist entity rather try to forge a coalition of federalists? you know like they did.

  5. Let’s be clear, Jarrid: this government has no legitimacy and that it is governing for two months without the confidence of the House is a crisis of Canadian parliamentary democracy.

  6. Harper got a breather Jarrid. he is by no means out of the woods.

  7. t’s nearly as quiet on Blog Central this afternoon as it was on October 15th, the day after the election. The left’s hopes are dashed once again. The sulking has begun.

    Do you ever not write something you’re thinking?

    I’m not sulking. Harper’s done.

  8. I’m surprised Chong hasn’t been silenced yet. Since when are Con MPs allowed to go off script?

  9. A government with no legitimacy is a totalitarian one in my book. This is a sad day for Canada.

  10. RE: Andrew (not Potter or Coyne) 15:41 ” this government has no legitimacy and that it is governing for two months without the confidence of the House is a crisis of Canadian parliamentary democracy.”

    Have you not been reading the blogs these last few days?
    There has YET to be a confidence vote. The opposition accepted the Throne Speech as presented. That would have been the time to make their confidence stand.
    Nothing that has transpired since is illegal, or contrary to the body of legislation that makes up our government.
    Of course it is legitimate.
    The ethics or the MORAL legitimacy can be debated, but not it’s LEGITIMACY.

  11. Canada’s ‘constitution’ isn’t build on technical legalities and loopholes! It’s a sad day (that would be today, unfortunately) that American-style legalism take precedence over common sense, parliamentary legitimacy, and the honour of loyal gentlemen!

    What Harper’s done would be distasteful but arguably technically legal under a republican legalistic system of government. Under out tradition-based government, where the confidence of the House takes precedence over all else, it’s absolutely treasonous. Harper is a PRETENDER to executive authority in this country. For all practical purposes the country HAS NO PRIME MINISTER at the moment, since Harper cannon and never again can command a majority in the Commons.

    President Mugabe is taking notes. I’m ashamed to be a Canadian today. And mortified that I voted Conservative the last two elections.

  12. Hyperbole aside, perhaps its best that we wait until the actual budget comes out so cooler heads prevail. That being said I don’t see how anyone who supposedly voted CPC in the last two elections is now arguing that he wants Jack Layton to be Industry Minister and move the country to the far left of the political spectrum.

    My prediction is that the next budget will contain a stimulus package, and the CPC will attempt to make it palatable to atleast one of the opposition parties [my guess, the LPC].

    Any person, from either the left or the right who thinks that they’re guy is the only one who “cares about Canada” is delusional. A politicians primary objective is power, that runs in every party that years for government power. With the NDP on the verge of moving this country closer to a social democracy when they get some power, I doubt they’ll be open to any compromise.

  13. Since when are Con MPs allowed to go off script?

    Since the moment “Conservatives for Prentice” went online. It’s a brand new day, and suddenly, “doing what the Prime Minister tells you to” doesn’t seem like such a slam dunk great move.

  14. Has anyone proposed appealing to the Queen??? It’s TERRIBLE the position Harper put Mrs. Jean in, but her decision has effectively abrogated back RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT in Canada! In effect, The Governor General and Stephen Harper have conspired against Parliament, forming an illegitimate government endorsed by the Crown but not the Commons!!! I suspect it’s not Her Majesty’s intention to suspend popular government!!! (if so I for one intend to take up arms against her under the flag of Parliament)

    My head is spinning I’m so incensed by what’s happened this week and especially this morning. There has been nothing short of a coup in Canada.

  15. There is no avenue of appeal. The Governor General is the highest authority on this issue in Canada and has been so since 1947 I believe.

    My question is: What can the Harper Government do now? Can they have the meeting with the Premiers? What exactly are they allowed to do?

  16. The Throne Speech passed with liberals voting for it on November 21, that would be less than two weeks ago. The Throne Speech is a confidence matter.

    The rest is opposition hyperbole. Unemployment is forecast to rise to 7.5% from the current 6.5%, it is only in the last few years that the unemployment rate has been below 7.5% in the last 30 years.

    The government has made available 6 billion immediately for infrastructure. Unless all the environmentals have been completed, you cannot proceed.

    We cannot throw money at the Detroit losers until we know what the yanks are going to do. No point in giving them a pile of cash if Congress is gonna let them go broke.

    In the meantime the Japanese opened a new car plant in Ontario today…….Great news eh?

    Layton and Dion could taste it, Like Dion said last night, they are not used to being in opposition. They were prepared to execute a legal coup just because they are power hungry.

    If they want power, let them earn it.

  17. “It’s TERRIBLE the position Harper put Mrs. Jean in, but her decision has effectively abrogated back RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT in Canada! In effect, The Governor General and Stephen Harper have conspired against Parliament, forming an illegitimate government endorsed by the Crown but not the Commons!!! ”

    It’s been well known that the GG essentially had three choices, unfortunately some people didn’t really bother actually reading about the issue at hand and immediately meditated towards knee jerk reactions. I think you should read abit more of Canada’s history when it comes to our relationship with the crown before going on another tangent.

    “My head is spinning I’m so incensed by what’s happened this week and especially this morning. There has been nothing short of a coup in Canada.”

    Relax, take a deep breath, and count to ten. Canada still hasn’t developed into a totalitarian nation. I recall in 2006 when many were arguing that Kristalnacht was imminent with a CPC PM, never happened.

  18. Michael Chong for Liberal leader?

  19. With regards to the economic stimulus the opposition is using as an excuse for the coalition. Problem is that to make any workable stimulus one should do it in coordination with our largest trading partner to the south. I somewhat question whether it’s worth getting into deficit over a program that might not really do much, however that is my view and not that of the majority unfortunately.

    Let’s wait till Jan. 28th and see what the government proposes. This choice was a good one for the nation as their was absolutely no cooperation between the government and opposition for the past week due to the heated situation.

    Stewacide, it’s not the end of democracy as we know it, tommorrow is a new day, and I have yet to smell burning sulphur.

  20. Michael Chong’s a Conservative.

  21. A fundamental power has transfered today from Parliament to the Crown. I don’t buy that there’s no line of appeal to the Queen. She remains the head of state, and she has (by proxy) reneged on her centuries old pledge to respect Parliament’s choice of ministers.

    The bargain or rights for respect between the people and the sovereign is the foundation of all our liberties, and that bargain was trampled today. If the sovereign can break with one of the most fundamental principles of our constitution today, what’s to prevent her from doing the same on any other issue in the future? To allow this precedent to stand is totally untenable.

    The only alternative is to force the sovereign’s hand (as it could be argued Mr. Harper and his cabbal forced Mrs. Jeans). If the people don’t stand up for this rights they will lose.

  22. You will have another chance on January 26th Stewacide, hang on until then, no point in blowing a fuse about 7 weeks, you will have a heart attack. Jack has already said he is going to vote against it no matter what it contains, and I am sure the BLOC can be relied upon to try and destroy Canada, that after all is their stated aim…………….so you just need Dion to hold it together……..it will be a good test of how stable the coalition would be.

  23. Stewacide, your tangents are likely to get a stronger audience on the Alex Jones show.

  24. Chong on the coalition:

    “is not only dangerous to Canada’s interests, but I believe it is damaging to the Liberal Party’s interests. It’s uncon­scionable that one of the two main federal parties has entered into a coalition with the separa­tists. I maintain it will be damaging if they take power.”

    Chong dissented on the nations resolution. He’s the last guy to support the bloc as the rudder of the ship of state.

  25. Laurie53/BC

    “There has YET to be a confidence vote. The opposition accepted the Throne Speech as presented. That would have been the time to make their confidence stand.

    Nothing that has transpired since is illegal, or contrary to the body of legislation that makes up our government.”

    So if you commit murder, you did not commit murder unless you are officially indicted? Nonsense.

  26. Chong always speaks out. What are they going to do to him anyway? Threaten him with never getting a cabinet post? Kick Mr. Integrity out of caucus? Garth Turner he ain’t.

  27. “So if you commit murder, you did not commit murder unless you are officially indicted?”

    Legally speaking, isn’t this true? Innocent until proven guilty. Wether or not you have committed the crime of which you have been accused, in the eyes of the law, you did not commit it until a guilty verdict has been handed down.

    Likewise, until there is a vote, the Conservative government hasn’t lost the confidence of the house, regardless of whether or not the majority of the members of the house is against the party.

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