Cowboy Steve (II)


 

More from the Prime Minister’s Stampede speech.

“Let the opposition parties threaten to get together to defeat us and replace us,” Harper told about 800 Conservative supporters during a barbecue at Heritage Park. “Canadians have been clear that they do not want another election.”


 

Cowboy Steve (II)

  1. They didn't want one last fall when Harper broke his own law and called one.

    It's Harper who's scared to have an election.

  2. I want an election. I'm a Canadian. From the west too!

    The political-hack-pretending-to-be-an-economist has got to go. His theories and ideology are old and have failed. Back to the Imperial Oil mail room with him… his only real job.

    • Me too!

      • That makes two of you. I guess you would be part of the 14% of Canadians who last poll said they wanted a summer election. That's probably the hardcore Liberal base.

        A leader who won the leadership without proposing what he'd do beyond platitudes. A party with no alternative political program than that of the governing Conservative party. But we're all supposed to go out and vote for them? That's Arrogance with a capital A. I'm entitled to your vote. I'm entitled to my entitlements. Where have we heard that before? If the media wasnt' running interference for these guys, they'd be in the mid-twenties in support.

        • How many wanted an election back in September 2008?

          • Are you talking about one of the longest-running minority governments in Canadian history? That ran nearly as long as Jean Chretien's second majority government? Jean Chretien called an election after a little over 3 years despite having a majority for purely tactical reasons. Let's not even start with the ugly negative campaigning. It was downright ugly. Shame on the Libs.

          • I don't think that changes the fact that most Canadians didn't want an election then or now.

        • "A party with no alternative political program than that of the governing Conservative party. But we're all supposed to go out and vote for them? That's Arrogance with a capital A."

          That's a bit rich, coming from a hack who supports a party that didn't deign to release a platform until days before the last election.

  3. Lets have an election every ten minutes until the libs finally fool enough voters.

  4. The Liberals actions a short 6 weeks after the last election speaks volumes as to what they think of the results of the last election. They didn't like the people's verdict last election and signed a deal with the separatists to get to power. They then threatened an election in January and June of this year and now say they'll bring the government down in the fall.

    The Liberal lust for power: a sight to behold.

    • Ummmm, You do realize what happened last winter was a clear domino effect from Harper's disastrous FU. He owns the blame for last winters 'crisis'. No one else.

      • You know Doug, I heard that one before. The Liberals can't blame the Conservatives for signing a governing pact with the separatists. The Liberals will wear that one for a long, long time.

        Who's to say they won't sign some secret pact with Duceppe and his band of would-be country killers? They won't have the courage to make it public after what happened last December 1st, 2008. A day that will live in infamy.

        Doug, notice something, nobody remembers the Fall economic update. On the other hand, everyone remembers the dreaded Coalition with the separatists.

        • Oh, the poor socialists feel so ignored.

        • Oh dear. Is the summer heat making you all cranky and out of sorts?

        • "The Liberals can't blame the Conservatives for signing a governing pact with the separatists. The Liberals will wear that one for a long, long time"

          Holy selective use of facts, Batman!

          PM's new Quebec advisor (Brien) . . . former BQ MP

          CPC strong ties to ADQ . . . . party that sided with Parizeau in the 95 referendum

          • Sorry BCer in Mtl, what happened on December 1st, 2008 was historic. Never before had a federal political party attempted to assume power and govern with an explicit pact with the Quebec separatists.

            One thing that the Liberal Party could be counted on was to stand up to the separatists. Their commitment to a robust Canadian federalism was as close as they had to a governing principle. Alas, they sold their last principle for a desparated shot at political power. A party without principles is a party without direction.

          • Yes, historic. Never before had a federal party gotten a separatist party to cede their right to vote down a federalist government's agenda, in advance, in writing. All the talk of the coalition forgets one important thing. The Bloc was agreeing to SUPPORT the Liberal/NDP coalition. The Liberals and NDP got the Bloc to essentially agree to have their hands tied, and to spend 2 years supporting the (federalist) government's agenda.

          • Who knows, they might have gotten in the habit of it.

          • Yes, that was one thing that could be counted on.

            Another is that CPC (former Reform with healthy smattering of WCC supporters) and even PC's would bed themselves with the separatists any time they saw some kind of advantage. cf. Mulroney, Brian (Lucien Bouchard); the aforementioned Brien & ADQ members.

            Or, maybe they just got realllly drunk and saw what their newfound partner looked like in the morning.

    • "The Liberal lust for power: a sight to behold."

      I have a feeling the attack ads for this might be a fair bit more interesting than "Just Visiting."

  5. Err, Jarrid, not to rain on your parade too much, but if the Liberals were all, and only, about a quest for power–wouldn't we have called an election a week or so ago? Just sayin. Always good when your rhetoric fits the facts on the ground, eh?

    • The Liberals want power Jenn, and the Libs instincts' of late (last couple of years or so) seem a little off, but they're not suicidal. They desperately wanted to go but a victory wasn't assured by any means. A third straight electoral loss would have been a major setback. I know the common thinking is that people never want an election but after a day or two they resign themselves to it and it's not an issue. Nine times out of ten, it's true. But not this time. This was the exception. The Libs sensed it or saw it in their polling. And Iggy backtracked. He took a bit of hit because of his chest-beating, but in my view, politically it was the right call. They might have won a few additonal seats in Quebec and a handful in the rest of the country but that's about it.

      • This is just too, too funny – if it werent' so sad………like Harper doesn't want power? You've got to be kidding.

  6. As a 'i'm gonna put the in their place' kinda rebuke, isn't "Let the opposition parties threaten to get together to defeat us… Canadians have been clear that they do not want another election” pretty weak? Essentially he is saying well we will hold on 'cause Canadians will be mad at the other parties (a point on which I think he is likely wrong).

  7. Iggy has got a series of tests ahead, the next big one being how he finesses his way through a possible non-confidence motion in late September. The other three leaders pretty well have their narratives down pat–
    Harper: Canadians don't want an election. We are focused on governing during these challenging times.
    Duceppe: If its good for Quebec we will vote for it, if not, we won't
    Layton: We haven't supported Harper yet, and we aren't about to start now

    The media have heard these lines so many times, they are surely bored with them. Hence, they will focus their attention on Iggy. Does Iggy have his lines figured out ? Can he handle the close media scrutiny ? Will what he DOES be consistent with he SAYS ?

    If I was a Liberal partisan, I wouldn't have much confidence in my rookie leader passing his next big test, especially after his D in the EI-360 showdown.