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You’ve got mail


 

Here is the text of the coalition’s letter to the Canadian people. If you’re not a Canadian citizen, avert your eyes. It is, after all, illegal to read someone else’s mail.

To wit.

Allow me to reintroduce myself,

My name is Hov. H to the O-V. I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z. I guess even back then—

Wait. Sorry. That’s Jay-Z’s public service announcement from the Black Album (great record). Here’s the letter.

To our fellow citizens,

Canada is facing a global economic crisis. Since the recent federal election, it has become clear that the government headed by Stephen Harper has no plan, no competence and, no will to effectively address this crisis. Therefore, the majority of Parliament has lost confidence in Mr. Harper’s government, and believes that the formation of a new Government that will effectively, prudently, promptly and competently address these critical economic times is necessary.

The contrast between the inaction of Mr. Harper’s government and the common action taken by all other Western democracies is striking. We cannot accept this.

A majority of Canadians and Quebecers voted for our parties on October 14, 2008. Our Members of Parliament make up 55 percent of the House of Commons.

In light of the critical situation facing our citizens, and the Harper government’s unwillingness and inability to address the crisis, we are resolved to support a new government that will address the interests of the people.

Today we respectfully inform the Governor General that, as soon as the appropriate opportunity arises, she should call on the Leader of the Official Opposition to form a new government, supported as set out in the accompanying accords by all three of our parties.

Respectfully,

Hon. Stéphane Dion
Leader, the Liberal Party of Canada

Hon. Jack Layton 
Leader, the New Democratic Party of Canada

Gilles Duceppe 
Leader, the Bloc Québécois


 

You’ve got mail

  1. As I went through the numerous columns and commentary about this turn of event in the past 24 hours, it became increasingly clear that the national punditry (with few exceptions) is most enraged at the thought of Stephane Dion becoming PM.

    True, many of them laid the blame at Harper’s feet but the vast majority were describing doomsday scenarios because of Dion. Listening to them, the man can barely tie his shoe laces and is unfit for office. I don’t think there would have been such an uproar had Iggy or Rae taken over this coalition

    The best example of this mindset has to be today’s Globe editorial. You could easily picture the author’s foam dripping out of his mouth as he drafted it.

    Where does this irrational hatred for Dion comes from? I don’t get it.

  2. Where does this irrational hatred for Dion comes from?

    He’s NOT a Leader!!!!!!

  3. Could it be that the Dion was just rejected by the people in the last rejection? Let’s face it. In our system most people vote for the party because our system gives the leader tremendous power. To give that power to somebody who has not earned it offends most people’s sense of fairness.

  4. Aren’t Canadians subjects, not citizens? I know we like to think of ourselves as citizens but we do have a monarch as head of State. Otherwise we wouldn’t have a GG deciding who should govern instead of the people.

    And I wish the Coalition would tell us exactly what economic crisis Canada is facing and how they propose to solve it before it has even begun. Do they have ability to see into future so they know how to fix problems before they occur?

  5. Not worth the risk!

  6. Why are the Tories so upset about this coalition? It’s going to give them an excuse to frag Harper, drape responsbility for the recession on its opponents, and prime public opinion for a majority (if they can elect someone that’s less of a-hole than Harper as leader).

  7. Nice use of a Jay-Z quote to add to the unprecedentedness of this whole situation. I can just picture the (for now) PM as “Steve-Hova”, awash in fundraising dollars retorting:

    In the Ferrari or Jaguar switchin four lanes
    With the top down screamin out
    Money ain’t a thang

    Bubble hard in the double R flashin the rings
    With the window cracked holler back
    Money ain’t a thang

  8. WHy does jack layton get an Hon.? He has never been in cabinet.

  9. Terry, I’m not referring to “most people.” It would seem that some people are confusing our parliamentary system with that of the Americans. Canadians didn’t give a majority to Harper. This coalition headed by Dion represents the majority of those who voted. This Tory PR nonsense might work on the uninformed but it shouldn’t have that effect on the pundits who know better.

    No one got to choose a leader in the last election. Everyone voted for an MP. This is not the United States where the President’s name is on the ballot. Neither Dion or Harper earn anything in our system. We vote for parliamentarians and their leader gets the job of PM.

    While you might be forgiven for confusing these facts, the pundits can’t. What they are doing is very deliberate and, again, seems to be rooted in his bizarre dislike their hold towards Dion.

  10. “Not worth the risk!”

    Oh? So Andrew, what is the alternative? A Parliament headed by a man who cannot be trusted to do what is right for this country? A man who will ensure that nothing gets done in the coming months? One who doesn’t have a clue on how to address the economic downturn?

    Harper had Flaherty address the country and tell us that we are going to have several consecutive surpluses in the months to come.

    You want to risk our future with these liars?

  11. “A majority of Canadians AND Quebecors…”

    The divisiveness begins. Welcome to the government, Gilles Duceppe.

  12. john g, I don’t know. Sounds about the same as saying that Quebec is a nation within a nation, no?

  13. PolJunkie: I’m mainly mocking the sloganeering from the last campaign.

  14. PolJunkie,

    It’s better than saying that Quebec is a nation, period. Which is what would have happened if Gilles Duceppe had a chance to move the motion. Now as part of the government he’ll get that chance, and much more.

    And might I remind you that the whole “Quebec nation” nonsense was started by Michael Ignatieff.

  15. Andrew sometimes you are so funny I want to squeeze you!

  16. john g: for the hundredth time, Duceppe will NOT be part of the coalition government.

    He has assured the GG that he plans to support the gov’t for a substantial period of time. He has only the power to team up with the Cons and bring the gov’t down if he doesn’t like their policies, which is basically the power he has under the Con gov’t.

  17. john g, again, save your Giorno talking points for the uninformed. Everyone else knows that Harper’s govt was held in power on several occasions by Gilles Duceppe and we also know that Harper had asked Duceppe to join him in a coalition to replace the minority Martin govt. It is also Harper who pushed for the “Quebec as a nation” nonsense through Parliament.

    You are talking to the wrong audience.

  18. TJ Cook you are a naive fool. Do you think he provides this support to Dion, his arch enemy on separation, for free???

    Quebec has just taken Canada hostage, and we’ve handed their chief negotiator a veto on every bill that comes out of Parliament.

    We’ve also ensured that the BQ will pretty much run the table in Quebec from now on. Why would Quebecors want to give up this gravy train?

  19. john g, it is you who is the naive fool (or you are hoping that everyone else is). The Bloc is in direct competition with the Tories for the francophone vote in that province. It is in their best interest to see Harper removed from office. They will make sure that the CPC gets emasculated in Quebec. The Libs or NDP are no threat to them.

    As long as the CPC keeps Harper as a leader, they will ensure a united front on the part of the rest of the House.

  20. Chris B: Layton sits on the Privy Council (which comprises Cabinet among other luminaries), which is why he gets the Hon. Leaders of all parties in Parliament have traditionally been placed on the PC, but Duceppe didn’t take his seat because it requires an oath of loyalty.

    As for Dion, I have to agree that he’s gotten a raw deal from his own party, let alone the media, since he was elected as leader. The Conservatives just took advantage of it during the last campaign: the narrative had already been set by a parade of anonymous Liberal sources.

  21. john g: Setting petty insults aside, it’s absurd to think that Duceppe is going to make a play for separation now, and it’s absurd to think that the coalition gov’t would allow a step in that direction just to retain power.

    The three parties made it clear that there are plenty of policies they can agree upon – enough that they feel they can support a stable coalition for a substantial period of time. They’ve given no indication that Quebec separation is anywhere in the mix.

    You’re hyperventilating over your own straw man.

  22. Dion not worth the risk, not a leader etc.. the Con sheep spreading the talking points from the CPC website.

    Good job guys, cookie for you.

    For these types a leader has to be a cold, arrogant, mean spirited bully. That is their idea of a leader..

  23. “As for Dion, I have to agree that he’s gotten a raw deal from his own party, let alone the media, since he was elected as leader.”

    It’s not just a raw deal. This is bordering on the irrational. I’m trying to remember the last time a politician inspired such bile from the press. Did you read today’s Globe editorial?

  24. PolJunkie,

    The only rational explanation I can conceive is that punditry and bullying are often the same thing. I can’t possibly understand why someone who is exceedingly bright and well-mannered, who takes time to think and give reasonably honest responses to questions he is asked, who has been retiscent to engage in more negative political behaviours (particularly in the context of the debates for the last federal election), why that person is so persecuted by many of the political pundits in our country.

  25. Just the use of the phrase “A majority of Canadians and Quebecers ” is objectionable in the extreme, and I would assume was required by Duceppe.

  26. Neither Duceppe, Layton or [Liberal to be named later] will step too far out of line if the result is the possibility of an election where the Tories win a majority and use it to take away their subsidy.

  27. I like how people think this will stoke the fires of separatism.

    A Prime Minister Quebecers despise is being removed from office. The Prime Minister will be a Quebecer, as well as some likely Cabinet material (Marlene Jennings, Marc Garneau, potentially Pablo Rodriguez or Denis Coderre, maybe Trudeau as a Parliamentary Secratary) who aren’t embarrassments like Maxime Bernier. You don’t fight separatists by arbitrarily opposing EVERYTHING they want. You weaken their arguments by compromise. If the BQ did not exist, there would be vastly more separatist sentiment in Quebec, as they’d feel that much more alienated (rightly or not) from the process in Ottawa.

    This country is regionalized. Denying it, or beating one’s chest and bellowing about “treason” is not going to “fight separatism”. Ever. It just makes people angry and strengthens the BQ’s argument. The Tories look all set to try and portray the Liberals as Quebec nationalists in disguise next election. Yeah, good luck. Ontario isn’t stupid enough to buy it, and Quebec will be furious. The Tories are going to be slaughtered there. Guess who the last person to govern without significant representation from Quebec was? Oh yeah, Joe Clark. That went well.

  28. The divisiveness begins. Welcome to the government, Gilles Duceppe

    Boy oh boy, it would be embarassing to Mr. Harper and Kory’s Tories if he had ever said “Canadians and Quebecers” wouldn’t it….

  29. Just the use of the phrase “A majority of Canadians and Quebecers ” is objectionable in the extreme, and I would assume was required by Duceppe.

    Was it — is it — would it also be “objectionable in the extreme” if used by, let’s say, just for fun, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper?

  30. http://news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=302959

    “This important contribution by the Government of Canada clearly demonstrates our commitment to protecting the environment by supporting concrete, responsible solutions to clean our air, water and soil, and by using cleaner sources of energy for the benefit of all Canadians and Quebecers,” explained Mr. Paradis.

  31. We need some set of metrics of some sort to accurately observe Conservative high dudgeon in the aggregate. I can’t follow the individual outbursts of histrionics heavy with counter-factual or baseless assertions and veiled threats.

  32. “Just the use of the phrase “A majority of Canadians and Quebecers ” is objectionable in the extreme, and I would assume was required by Duceppe.”

    You are right Bill Simpson, they should have said “A majority of Canadians and the Quebec Nation.”

  33. “I can’t possibly understand why someone who is exceedingly bright and well-mannered, who takes time to think and give reasonably honest responses to questions he is asked, who has been retiscent to engage in more negative political behaviours (particularly in the context of the debates for the last federal election), why that person is so persecuted by many of the political pundits in our country.”

    Meanwhile, up to recently, the very personification of “bully politics” was celebrated as a genius and endorsed by the majority of newspapers as the best option for this country.

  34. Where does this irrational hatred for Dion comes from?

    Dion NOT a Leader!!!!!! and Dion is Not work the risk!!!

    Yawn. Get some fresh material. Better surf back to MyCampaign and hit refresh (reflush?)

  35. While we do vote for MPs, it is foolish to think that the party leader’s name is not attached to that vote. Although I can’t think of much good to say about Harper he had a much better electoral showing that the other three leaders and deserved the oppourtunity to govern.
    He obviously didn’t realize the firestorm that would arise in the opposition when he proposed taking their subsidy away, and make no mistake, that is what started all this.
    I find it appalling that any national party would dance to the tune of the separatists for the sake of power.
    If there is to be a change of government, I want the oppourtunity to vote for that change based on the policy proposals of the parties not some backroom deal cooked up by a bunch of unelected operators.

  36. “Although I can’t think of much good to say about Harper he had a much better electoral showing that the other three leaders and deserved the oppourtunity to govern.”

    Grumpy, again, you are confusing our system with that of the American. Harper doesn’t “deserve” anything. As PM of a minority govt, it was his job to ensure the support of the other parties. He lost their confidence, he loses his job, plain and simple.

    This whole nonense about having a better electoral showing is spin. Only the people in Harper’s riding got to vote for him. The coalition represents the majority and there is nothing that can be said against that. Dion as PM is as legitimate as it gets.

  37. grumpy: You had the opportunity to vote on October 14th. We all did. We elected a minority government, a government in which it behooves the MP selected as the Prime Minister to ensure he maintains the confidence of a majority of the other MPs. If he does not, he risks exactly what we’re seeing today. And to be clear, I supported ABC. From my perspective, ABC had more seats in the house, so this is just democracy finally taking hold past our FPTP system.

  38. “it’s absurd to think that Duceppe is going to make a play for separation now, and it’s absurd to think that the coalition gov’t would allow a step in that direction just to retain power.”

    The past seven days have been one absurdity after another. Why would that stop now?

  39. Grumpy: “If there is to be a change of government, I want the oppourtunity to vote for that change based on the policy proposals of the parties not some backroom deal cooked up by a bunch of unelected operators.”

    …does that mean we can find comments from you regarding the lack of a Conservative platform until something like ten minutes before election day? I would have liked the opportunity to vote “based on policy proposals of the parties” but the Conservatives apparently didn’t feel like providing any until the last moment.

  40. Poljunkie,

    I am not confusing anything – I clearly understand the two systems. I believe your arrogance has you missing the point entirely.

    Cameron,

    Why would you assume I would support any party that provided little in the way of policy. Frankly, my vote would be more comfortable with ‘”none of the above”.

    However, it’s back to work so see you around.

  41. Stéphane Dion may have been rejected my 74% of Canadians in the last election, but Stphen Harper was rejected mby 62% That’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Harper either, so why all the fuss?

  42. >the government headed by Stephen Harper has no plan, no competence and, no will to effectively address this crisis.

    Heh. Whereas the opposition has a detailed plan that has been gone over point by point in the media explaining what is to be done, and such overwhelming competence and self-confidence that they rely on outside coalition brokers and financial advisors. They certainly do have a will to spend money, though, even if they can’t explain in concrete terms why and where.

  43. Every Voter did indeed vote for this Parliament.

    One MP at a time.

    There was an opportunity given to the Party with the highest number of seats to govern this Country, BUT they did not respect that opportunity. Instead they chose to continue the antics of the last session.

    It’s time now, for the GG to give the other Parties a shot at respecting the opportunity Voters gave them. Mr. Dion has been nothing but respectful toward Canadians, and it is saddest of all that the CPC attack ads have led Canadians to discount his education and experience in Government.

    It is impossible to refute or argue with a barrage of negativity that shows up on your T.V. After a while, the weakest of minds absorb the propaganda, and begin to repeat it… and repeat it… and repeat it some more.

    The PR machine of the CPC did all the work for the candidates, and it’s at work again now.

    Mr. Layton and Mr. Duceppe are only doing what they did WITH Mr. Harper in the past, and it seemed to be alright then. Why not now?

    Anyone that wants to show support for the Coalition… should go to
    www”dot”canadiansforprogressivecoalition”dot”ca.

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