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Making Parliament Work. Maybe.


 

A rough account of Jack Layton’s statement to reporters after Question Period today.

There are now 1.6 million unemployed in Canada. And unfortunately throughout this coming winter many more Canadians will lose their jobs. Most economists agree that the job losses will continue until at least next spring. Those people need help.

I spent the summer visiting ridings across the country. I met many people who had lost their jobs. I heard their stories about how badly they need help. Many of them are coming to the end of their benefits and are going to end up on welfare. Those people are counting on us.

The announcement today appears to be a step in the right direction. There is much more to be done. More workers to help out.

Our preference remains fighting for the unemployed – not fighting a second election within the year. But make no mistake: we have no intention of giving this government a blank cheque, like Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals did.

We will be studying the bill and considering it very seriously. We will evaluate this initiative on its merits, and we’ll do the same with every anything else they bring forward.

Thank you.


 

Making Parliament Work. Maybe.

  1. The marginalization of the Liberals continue. The Liberals made a serious tactical error by promising to defeat every single Bill before reading it.

    • What's Iggy got to loose. He's got the cash for a campaign. A majority either way, cannot happen. Another Harpo minority will mean the end of Harpo. This election now is part of Iggy's 2 election strategy and stimulus program! Didn't Harpo's Fixed Election Law mandate Oct 09 for the next campaign anyways?

      • October 19th. It's the law.

      • Is that a serious question? What did the Liberals do in Sudbury? Did they box themselves in again? Can they back down again?

        They traded places with the NDP.

        How many times have you seen Jack or Gilles this week?

        The MSM will not need to cover the Liberals anymore as they have already articulated their position and vote.

        The MSM will now increase the coverage of the position/platform/ideas of the NDP and Bloc.

      • 'A majority either way, cannot happen'

        You should not be so sure of that. Dippers hold 38% of their seats in the West, anti-coalition country.
        And, BC has gone back and forth between Conservatives and Dippers in the past.
        New poll today has Cons way ahead of Libs in Ontario……I think we are already there.

  2. So what does this mean exactly? Which confidence motion will the NDP support?

    • I didn't see anything about a confidence motion.

      I think he's saying that he might finally have found a proposal
      from the government that might be worth reading.

      I'd recommend a serious examination for invisible ink.

    • I didn't see anything about a confidence motion.

      I think he's saying that he might finally have found a proposal
      from the government that may be worth reading.

      I'd recommend a serious examination for invisible ink.

      • Neither did I which is why I'm trying to understand why some news outlet are suggesting that the NDP might prop up the Tories. Am I missing something?

        • Do the NDP stand to lose seats at the expense of the Liberals if we have an election in the Fall of 2009?

          Check out the Polls, Liberals are up to 30% from 26.3% October 14, 2008.

          Can anyone tell me a logical reason why the other political parties would enable the recent Liberals advantages in a ballot question?

    • The Liberals have repeatedly stated no Canadian voter would respect a party that would adopt the NDP tactic of voting against a Bill before reading it.

      In Sudbury the Liberals promised to defeat every single Bill introduced by the CPC, they passed the "ball" to the Bloc and NDP to prop up the CPC.

      The Liberals have chosen to reduce their credibility further by not anticipating the reactions of the other parties in the HOC.

      Will Canadians respect the Liberals if they vote against extension on EI, Home Reno credit in the next two weeks?

      • Damage control, huh?

        • "Even in his short-term goal, of punting to Layton, Ignatieff is giving up the ball. Ignatieff has given the balance of power in the minority House over to Layton. There are two things Layton likes – being on camera and being relevant, and Ignatieff's gambit assures him of both when the Commons resumes tomorrow after the recess. The NDP and the Conservatives are not an obvious fit, but Layton can take the balance of power out for a test drive." L. IAN MACDONALD

          http://www.montrealgazette.com/columnists/there+e

          http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/

      • ..and the NDP would never support the government, and the Tories hate sociliasts and separatists. I think when it comes to Parliamentary hypocrisy, it's all a wash.

        • Can you link the quote in the article or clip in the video where the NDP said they would "never" support the CPC?

          The NDP and Bloc relied on the Liberals to prop up the CPC. Now the Liberals are flush with cash, polling above their 26.3% p.o.p and eager to return to normal.

          Does anyone think the interests of the Bloc or NDP are the same as the Liberals?

      • This is an obvious distortion. The Liberals have stated that they have lost the confidence in the government's ability to govern, and therefore will vote against it when given any opportunity. It has nothing to do with any particular piece of legislation. You may disagree with that choice, but it would be more helpful to the debate if you didn't deliberately misrepresent the Liberals' position.

        • "The Liberal party cannot support this government any further. We will hold Stephen Harper to account. We will oppose his government in Parliament."

          What does that mean to you in terms of voting for ANYTHING proposed by the government?

          • Kind of takes you back to Stephen Harper in his salad opposition days: "We will oppose this government and push for an election" from 2003-05, including his not-so private love-in with Jack and Gilles to fetch a pale of water. Of course you liked that version much better, didn't you non-sense?

          • I can accept the fact that each political party acts in their OWN self-interest first. The NDP are not prepared or willing to lose seats. I am still looking for a series of reasons why the Bloc or NDP should support the Liberal request to visit the Polls.
            When the NDP joined the Bloc and CPC in promising to vote against the Liberals they felt they would benefit. How is that different than today?

            The NDP have gained power and are getting Press coverage. The Liberals are now left to attacking the CPC without worrying about propping up the government any longer.

        • 'It has nothing to do with any particular piece of legislation.'

          It will in an election campaign.
          Can't you hear it now….''But the Liberals voted against helping the Canadians, they voted against EI reform, they voted against ….''

          • Other than the 78 times, yah. Keep up the distortions because that's just what Canadians are looking for when they want a government.

  3. Jack Layton has now taken the ownership of the EI file away from Michael Ignatieff. Kudos to Jack.

    If he loses the next election, maybe Ignatieff can get a job at the G-20 Secretariat which will be established in Hong Kong.

  4. Jack Layton has now taken the ownership of the opposition party EI file away from Michael Ignatieff. Kudos to Jack.

    If he loses the next election, maybe Ignatieff can get a job at the G-20 Secretariat which will be established in Hong Kong.

    • Or commercials for the Enchanted Forest.

  5. Wow, this kind of like the nerd asking the bully for another wedgie, because that's what "friends" do.

    Unless Layton is teamed up with Harper against an honest and principled man who was in way over his head in the world of ruthless politics, he has no guts. Layton's colour isn't orange, it's yellow.

    • Whoah! How controversial is that?

  6. I don't see how Layton's credibility is affected. He's said repeatedly that he wanted to see something done on EI, and if he gets it, he'll vote for it. Of course if he goes and stabs the Cons in the back at the next opportunity, I'd say he's living up to his word.

  7. Nothing will come of it. Harper is just seeing if this improves his poll numbers in Quebec. If it does, he'll continue dancing with Jack. If it doesn't, he'll — well, you know.

    The legislation hasn't been tabled yet. He's just tabled a W&M motion.

  8. Funny ID bug… does anyone else see "4294967295 replies" listed under officerfarva's comment above?

    • Yup. But I figured anything with that many comments must be a flame war, so I haven't bothered opening them up. :)

  9. I personally find it amusing that Jack will read the EI legilsation…

    "We will be studying the bill and considering it very seriously. We will evaluate this initiative on its merits, and we'll do the same with every anything else they bring forward. "<i/>

    …but found that the Conservative budget did not warrant the same degree of attention.

    • Jack Layton loves the camera and will use this opportunity to his advantage. He has been known to make some interesting tactical decisions.

      He was able to negotiate 6 NDP positions within cabinet in a minority parliament led by the Liberals.

  10. I personally find it amusing that Jack will read the EI legilsation…

    "We will be studying the bill and considering it very seriously. We will evaluate this initiative on its merits, and we'll do the same with every anything else they bring forward. "

    …but found that the Conservative budget did not warrant the same degree of attention.

  11. Check out the latest NANOS Poll!

  12. I agree with his statement. If the bill's a useful one, there's no reason to vote against it just because Ignatieff wants another election. This is how a minority parliament is supposed to work – the government changes bills to attract the support of other parties. As soon as the LIberals stop automatically voting for everything the Conservatives put out there, it starts to work.

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