One hour (or so) to go


The House has finished its tributes to Speaker Peter Milliken and Mr. Milliken has offered his parting words. He is still receiving well wishers at his throne now. After he has shaken every hand that is to be offered, the House will resume debate on the Liberal motion.

The Prime Minister, who was absent from Question Period for a third straight day, is scheduled to speak to reporters in the House foyer following the vote (now scheduled to take place at precisely 2:03pm). Michael Ignatieff is due to speak shortly thereafter.


One hour (or so) to go

  1. Mr. Wherry's excitement is almost tangible as he counts down the hours to the defeat of the Harper Government (TM). Almost makes me want to jump up and run around in circles. Is anyone with me?

  2. You are funny, Mr.Wherry. Really, I think the countdown you got going is creative.

    For the last hour or so I have told myself: it's time to get some groceries (and some beer, I'm out of beer also) but I can't pull myself away from Wherry's count down. Seriously, how sad is that, eh!


  3. The Prime Minister, who was absent from Question Period for a third straight day, is scheduled to speak with reporters in the House foyer following the vote

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Prime Minister will speak TO reporters – speaking WITH reporters implies they may actually get to ask unscripted questions.

  4. I couldn't help but noticing a conspicuous absence in the tributes to Mr. Milliken – the Prime Minister. What does this say?

  5. Geee, I thought the PM was absent in the House because he was busy appointing Senators?…..no?….really?….

  6. No, I move in my own ever increasing circle. ;0)

  7. Say, Mr.Wherry, have you ever sailed a boat across the waters with an old fashioned mechanism attached? I mean the ones without a steering wheel in the cockpit.?

    And you know how the rudder needs to be pushed opposite as to the direction one wants to go in?

    Well, it seems to me that the Liberals haven't sailed in an old fashioned sailboat for a long, long time.

    Who's to know if the Liberals will find dry land anytime soon.


  8. Partisan blood and brains are thick?

  9. oh, they might ASK.

  10. 23 minutes to go!

  11. That he doesn't expect his government to survive. I'm sure he'll appear to give his parting shot.

  12. I'm curious to see what he'd say.

    I'd imagine he'd rule out a coalition categorically though since none of the other three parties is likely to ever agree to enter a coalition with him anyway. There's no harm for Harper in ruling out something that's never going to happen whether he'd want it to or not.

  13. So, wait, not that it will effect the outcome, but is the Prime Minister not going to vote against the contempt motion? If so, does that not seem a little odd?

  14. I think he's excited because he thinks the Tories are about to fight an election in which they'll win a majority.

    Either that, or he's excited for the same reason every other politic writer in the country is excited… because covering an election is more exciting for a political writer than covering "not an election".

  15. What given past history, makes you believe he'd say anything but what is most convenient for him at the time, even if it flew directly in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

  16. don't be silly! harper gave his solemn word never to appoint a senator who was not elected first!

  17. Given the attacks on Ignatieff re: a coalition, isn't explicitly ruling out ever entering in to a coalition himself actually exactly what would be most convenient for Harper right now?

    I mean, sure, it seems pretty definitive and binding going forward, but 1) like any leader currently in the House of Commons hasn't ever gone back on a definitive statement before (lol) and 2) isn't making such a definitive statement the best move for him strategically right now?

  18. No appointing cronies and failed candidates as unelected senators is on Mondays. And on Tuesdays he's in discussions with former staffers and MPs having discussions about… stuff… none of which discussions are in any way lobbying of course. Wednesdays he's busy appointing judges. Thursday he spends finding creative new ways to shut down Parliament – he's now on page 287 of his 380 page manual.

    On Fridays, he's busy appointing cronies to ACOA.

  19. I only get a -1 for this one?? Hey, come on now. Be fair!

  20. Harper wants Ignatieff to catch up.

    Harper's vote in the House 60% of the time

    Ignatieff's vote in the House 40% of the time

    Harper wants to give Ignatieff a fair start……………..

  21. I was referring to what the Prime Minister's behaviour says about his ethical values in not attending to the tribute to the retiring speaker. Mr. Milliken is a highly respected politician; among all the parties, in the halls of government and among the press. I would have thought the Prime Minister could rise above the moment to show some respect.

  22. Happy to help.

  23. I would have thought the Prime Minister could rise above the moment to show some respect.

    Prime Minister Harper?

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