Yes! We! Almost! Sort of! Are!


Glen Pearson, bless his heart, foresees a new post-partisan era dawning in Ottawa.

It’s early yet, but already there are brilliant glimmers of hope on the horizon. Take, for instance, this evening’s work to end the capital’s transit strike, as breathtakingly detailed in this dispatch from the Citizen.

“I’m prepared to act at this time, I’m prepared to introduce back-to-work legislation. However, I do need the support of the opposition. So I have approached the Liberal party and asked them for that support,” Ambrose told reporters after acknowledging the two sides are at an impasse.

Any back-to-work legislation would require the unanimous consent of all four parties to pass quickly. But Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MP Mauril Belanger declined to say Wednesday if his party would support such legislation. He said the Conservative government announced its decision without consulting the opposition parties and warned that if the government decides to go it alone, it would get nowhere.

“I asked the Speaker for an emergency debate on the strike and once the Speaker said ‘yes,’ the government then decided to act,” Belanger said. “If they want to have any legislation to have a hope of being passed quickly, they have to talk to the opposition. If they don’t talk to us, they don’t have a hope of any legislation being passed.”

Belanger said the only inkling MPs had of what the government was up to was when Ambrose walked across the aisle in the House on Wednesday, and asked the Liberal labour critic Maria Minna if the party would support back-to-work legislation.

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar was also non-committal, saying he will not comment on legislation he hasn’t been consulted on.

Change continues to stumble in the general direction of Canada.


Yes! We! Almost! Sort of! Are!

  1. I actually feel a little sorry for Jack in all this. The liberals will reluctantly agree to support back to work based on the real negative impact it has on the working poor, youth etc (after slapping Rona and Baird around abit for their poor handling of the situation). Jack will have no choice but to hang onto his core, support the workers right to strike etc etc. The buses will run (eventually) and Jack will be thrown under one by the public.

  2. One suspects that someone pointed out to His Holiness how inconvenient and embarrassing it would be to have strikers and protesters out in the streets on, say, Feb 19th, and suggested he have Rona try to fix it.

    • Bingo.

  3. I don’t understand, isn’t this a Ontario goverment issue? I thought the city of Ottawa was run by the province, and the feds just controlled some heritage sites.

  4. Ottawa transit crosses the river into Gatineau, and Outaouais transit crosses into Ottawa, putting both services under federal jurisdiction.

    • I see, that makes sense. Which surprises me! Most of Canadian federalism doesn’t!

  5. This is a good illustration of how government works. First, pass labour laws which interfere in the market and make running a business all but impossible, let it fester, and when it reaches the crisis point, step in and save the day by imposing even more legislation. More laws, more problems, more laws, more power, more laws, more money accumulates at the top and disappears from the bottom of the pyramid … repeat until the country is broke, then wipe a few zeroes off your currency, write a new constitution and/or appeal for an IMF bailout so you can start all over again.