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‘The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further’


 

So says the official release from the party, issued just now, Mr. Ignatieff still in mid-speech.

And, now, here’s the text of the speech.

Bienvenue à Sudbury! Welcome to Sudbury!

Hier soir, nous étions 600.

Vous sentez l’énergie qu’il y a ici. Cette énergie, c’est celle du retour du Parti libéral du Canada à Sudbury!

Everywhere I’ve been this summer, I’ve seen the same enthusiasm—all while apparently remaining completely invisible.

Hundreds of people didn’t notice me out in Victoria back in June. Or in West Vancouver.  Or in Cape Breton.

I was perfectly invisible in front of nearly a thousand people at the Calgary Stampede. Ralph (Goodale) is still wondering how I pulled that off.

Same story at National Aboriginal Day at Crawford Lake.

Et pendant que nous y sommes, je ne suis jamais allé non plus fêter la Saint-Jean-Baptiste à Québec, je n’étais pas au Grand Tintamarre à Miramichi ni à Caraquet; et ne parlons pas d’Edmonton, de la Beauce ou de la Gaspésie.

Everywhere I went, across 8 provinces and the Northwest Territories, I found Liberals energized and set to work hard to put Stephen Harper out of a job.

We should be proud of the work we’ve done this year.

Nous avons fait grandir notre parti : avec de nouveaux membres, avec de nouvelles idées… et avec la meilleure campagne de financement des dernières années.

Nous sommes plus unis que nous l’avons été depuis une génération.

Nous sommes prêts à livrer bataille dans chaque comté du pays.

Et nous sommes prêts à ramener à Ottawa un gouvernement compétent, un gouvernement de compassion, un gouvernement de prospérité pour le bien de tout le Canada.

I know it can be frustrating at times.

We’re working against opponents who make politics personal—who distort and deny the truth and put partisan gain ahead of the national interest.

We’re working against a government that’s ready to sacrifice national unity to stay in power.

But we have a secret weapon on our side: Stephen Harper’s record.

The worst unemployment record in two decades

The worst deficit in our history

And last quarter, the worst performing economy in the G7.

Stephen Harper didn’t see a recession coming last fall.

Now he’s missing something bigger: what we’re going through is more than a recession—it’s a fundamental restructuring of the global economy.

Stephen Harper doesn’t get that.

He doesn’t get that Canada’s in a race—that we’ve got to position our country to compete in the twenty-first century. We’ve got to make Canada a world leader again, and we’ve got to do it now.

Il ne comprend pas ce que les travailleurs de la forêt du nord de l’Ontario, du Québec et de la Colombie-Britannique ont compris. C’est pourtant simple : on ne peut pas rester les bras croisés et attendre que la construction reprenne aux États-Unis. Il faut agir. Atteindre de nouveaux marchés et développer de nouveaux produits pour prendre notre place dans un monde nouveau.

He doesn’t get what autoworkers in Windsor and Oshawa know—that we’re not just going to have to win back customers; we’re going to have to re-invent the car, with brand new technologies and brand new environmental standards.

He doesn’t get what the people of Sudbury know—that when our workers and our industries are under threat—when the choice is between defending Canadian jobs and Canadian technology—we need a government that will defend our interests.

Stephen Harper doesn’t get it. We do.

For more than a century, we’ve built our prosperity on our natural resources. But if we’re to prosper in the next century, we have to turn our resources into products and technologies the whole world wants to buy.

We can’t get there unless we have the vision and ambition to build a competitive, compassionate future for Canada.

We can’t get there unless we open up new markets for Canadian exports in countries like China and India.

We can’t get there with Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper has been prime minister for four years, and he’s never visited China. We’ll be there next week. After that, we’ll plan a trip to India.

That’s where we need to be as a country—if we want to secure markets for the next generation of our exports—if we want to compete with the best in the world—if we want to get out of the trade deficit the Conservatives have created, the first in thirty years.

We can do better.

Nous pouvons faire mieux.

L’été prochain, le Canada accueillera le Sommet du G8 à Huntsville.

Ce sera une occasion de démontrer le leadership canadien et de contribuer à définir les priorités mondiales. Paul Martin et Jean Chrétien représentaient ce leadership canadien capable d’influencer le monde.

Stephen Harper n’a même pas encore de liste d’invités.

A Liberal government would invite new members to that meeting.

We’d use Canada’s G8 Summit to begin the process of evolving the G8 to a G20, as the world’s steering committee.

We cannot make progress on global challenges without China or India at the table.

Le G8 a bien fait ce qu’il avait à faire. Mais le monde change.

Plutôt que de résister au changement, le Canada devrait inspirer le changement.

Nous pouvons convaincre nos partenaires d’avoir une gouvernance mondiale plus efficace, avec un forum plus représentatif du monde d’aujourd’hui. Nous devons reprendre ce leadership mondial qui a fait la réputation du Canada depuis Lester B. Pearson.

Nous devons être prêts à renforcer le G20 en finançant et en accueillant chez nous le Secrétariat permanent du G20.

A Huntsville, le Canada pourrait proposer des mesures concrètes pour créer un nouvel encadrement de la réglementation financière. Comme ça, le Canada pourrait assurer que l’effondrement de l’an passé ne se reproduise pas.

Canada can lead in a changing world, but only if we dare to act. Stephen Harper wants to keep us on the sidelines.

We can do better.

Stephen Harper hasn’t just failed to stand up for Canada—he’s also failed to stand up for Canadians.

Suaad Mohamud. Omar Khadr. Makhtal. Bahari. Mohamed. Abdelrazik.

Being a Canadian must mean the Canadian government will stand up for you—no matter where, no matter when. This is at the heart of what every Liberal believes: a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.

A Liberal government would stand by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We would stand by our citizens.

And we would bring forward legislation to protect Canadians abroad—to make it illegal for the government to pick and choose which citizens it protects—to make sure these abuses never happen again.

Stephen Harper leads a government that doesn’t care. A government that doesn’t believe in government. A government that refuses to govern—even in a crisis.

Let’s remember how we got here.

A year ago this month, Stephen Harper told Canadians there wouldn’t be a recession in this country. He said a slumping stock market meant “good buying opportunities,” but no cause for alarm.

Last November, he presented a partisan economic statement that triggered a political crisis.

And Stephen Harper escaped defeat only by shutting down Parliament.

In January, we put Stephen Harper on probation – and we’ve kept him on life support ever since.

We forced his government to accept the toughest accountability standards in the G8—with full budget reports to Parliament each quarter.

After a disappointing June report, we set out four simple benchmarks Stephen Harper would have to meet.

Premièrement, nous avons dit que nous étions prêts à travailler avec Stephen Harper pour rendre l’assurance-emploi équitable pour tous les Canadiens, où qu’ils vivent, et aussi longtemps que durerait la crise.

Pas une proposition n’est venue. Rien que des manigances politiques.

Second, we demanded straight answers about job creation and infrastructure stimulus.

Plutôt que de répondre, Stephen Harper a passé l’été à tenter de cacher son incompétence ; il a annoncé, annoncé et annoncé encore des projets qui auraient dû être en chantier depuis des mois.

In fact, only two hundred of the twelve hundred infrastructure projects that the Conservatives announced in Ontario have actually received the funding they were promised. Only Stephen Harper could count that as 80% underway.

Third, we demanded a credible plan to get Canada out of deficit.

Stephen Harper’s response has been: “Don’t worry, give it a few years, and the books will balance themselves.”

You can put that next to his promise not to run deficits in the first place.

Or his promise not to tax income trusts.

Or his promise not to appoint Senators.

Pendant une décennie, sous des gouvernements libéraux, le Canada menait le monde dans la réduction de sa dette nationale. Nous avions le meilleur bilan financier du G8.

Les Conservateurs nous ont fait replonger dans le rouge… avant même que la récession commence.

Maintenant, ils ne peuvent même pas nous dire la profondeur du trou dans lequel ils nous ont mis. Et encore moins comment ils vont nous en sortir.

Ça ne suffit pas.

We’ve had four years of this—four years of a government that mismanages our public finances, and a prime minister who divides the country to score political points.

You can’t count on a government that can’t count—and a prime minister who’s only good at division.

Finally, we demanded a plan to deal with the health care crisis.

Twice on Stephen Harper’s watch there’s been a breakdown in the supply of medical isotopes.

Instead of acting, what did Stephen Harper do? He fired the whistle-blower on isotopes. Then he cancelled the MAPLE reactors that would have guaranteed Canadian leadership in isotope supply.

Two years later, he finally revealed his plan: To get out of nuclear medicine and let the provinces pick up the difference.

That’s not good enough for the tens of thousands of Canadian families waiting for cardiac and cancer care for their loved ones.

And that’s not good enough for the millions around the world, who have relied on Canadian leadership for half a century.

It’s simply unacceptable to have the world ask: “Where’s Canada?”

We can do better and we will do better.

A Liberal government will restore Canadian leadership. We’ll stand up for Canadian research and Canadian families. We’ll stand up for Canadian know-how and ensure the world never asks again “Where’s Canada?”

À l’heure où les Américains veulent un système de soins de santé public, Stephen Harper ne lève pas le petit doigt pour protéger le nôtre.

Les libéraux sont fiers du système canadien de soins de santé et, contrairement aux conservateurs, nous allons le défendre et le protéger.

Liberals proudly support public health care in this country—and, unlike the Conservatives, we’re not afraid to defend it.

In June, we set out four tests for Stephen Harper.

Mr. Harper, you have failed all four.

You’ve failed to protect the most vulnerable. You’ve failed to create jobs. Failed to defend our health care. Failed to restore our public finances.

After four years of drift, four years of denial, four years of division and discord—

Mr. Harper, your time is up. Vous avez raté votre chance.

The Liberal Party cannot support this government any further.

We will hold it to account. We will oppose it in Parliament.

En juin, nous avons fixé quatre conditions pour que Stephen Harper conserve notre confiance.

Il n’en a respecté aucune. Son échec est complet.

Il n’a pas réussi à protéger les plus vulnérables. Il n’a pas réussi à créer des emplois. Il n’a pas réussi à défendre notre système de santé. Il n’a pas réussi à rétablir nos finances publiques.

Après quatre ans de dérapage, de déni, de division et de discorde… le temps de Stephen Harper est terminé.

Le Parti libéral du Canada ne peut plus soutenir ce gouvernement incompétent.

Stephen Harper doit rendre des comptes. Désormais, nous nous opposerons à lui.

Et si des élections ont lieu, nous serons prêts à offrir à notre pays un avenir meilleur.

Canadians deserve better.

Over the past days and weeks, I’ve heard from our caucus, and we’ve all heard from Canadians:  Our job as Liberals is to give them a choice.

A choice between two parties. Two sets of values. Two visions for Canada.

Un choix entre deux partis. Entre deux ensembles de valeurs. Deux visions du Canada.

We can choose a small Canada—a diminished, mean, and petty country. A Canada that lets down its citizens at home and fails them abroad. A Canada that’s absent on the world stage.

That’s Stephen Harper’s Canada.

Or we can choose a big Canada. A Canada that is generous and open. A Canada that inspires. That leads the world by example. That makes us all proud.

2017 will be our 150th birthday. We can be the smartest, healthiest, greenest, most open-minded country there is—but only if we choose to be.

We can build a Knowledge Society, from pre-school to post-secondary, with quality early learning and childcare for every Canadian child.

We can ensure that every Aboriginal Canadian gets a world-class, not a second-class education—with the opportunities to match.

Nous pouvons créer les emplois de demain en investissant plus, pas moins, dans la science et l’innovation.

Nous pouvons investir dans l’environnement et inventer les technologies vertes qui vont changer le monde.

We can invest in our environment—and invent the clean energy technologies that will have the world beat a path to our door.

That’s our Canada. A liberal Canada.

Le Canada dans lequel nous croyons. Le Canada qui nous attend. Mais seulement si nous osons. Seulement si nous faisons les bons choix.

Avec l’intelligence, la compassion et le leadership du Parti libéral du Canada, nous pouvons y arriver.

So let’s get started.

Allons-y. Notre pays nous attend.


 

‘The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further’

  1. All I can say is, he'd better produce the Wolf this time.

    • As urgent as the message of 'cannot' always appears at first blush, it's a funny thing how it so frequently winds up being completely different expression than 'will not.'

  2. "..a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian…" Ignatieff today Deep thoughts by Jack Handy?

    "…a Liberal is a Liberal is a Liberal…" Chretien speaking outside the Grand Mere hotel he was trying to sell?

  3. This should be interesting. Is it mere rhetoric, or are the Libs signalling their intention to trigger a fall election?

    • For now, it's both. Then, the messing really begins/ends.

  4. I guess now the the proof will be in the eating of the pudding as it were … what will be fascinating to watch is that the LPC is impotent at present in the House and doesn't have the seats er muscle to bring the gov't down – so Iggy is kicking the ball over the wall to the NDP and BLOQ – ooh this is turning out great – way to go Iggy bring it on!

  5. Does the press release say what government the "this government" refers to?

  6. I think an election is now on for early November. It's set.

  7. From the release:

    "But that doesn't mean he'll move quickly to bring the minority Conservatives down either."

    I find that unenlightening.

    • That's not from the release, that's from the wire story. That's the reporter's opinion.

      Here's Bob Rae, who isn't a reporter: "At the first available opportunity, we'll be moving a motion of non-confidence in the government"

  8. Put this firmly in the "I'll believe it when I see it" column…. anyway, if Ignatieff wants to run on Harper's record, that's fine… heck, it's his own record too, thanks to supporting the Harper Conservatives for the past year.

    • And I'm sure that, when compared to the Liberal record of trying to work with parliament, the NDP record of stomping their feet and yelling "No!No!No!" before they even read what they're saying No! too will look awesome.

  9. Come on…this is the best Iggy can do? After a summer off, a leadership coronation, and a recession that should have made it childs play to finish Harper off. Jeez, this guy is even worse than Dion.

    Wait till he gets on the election trail. He'll probably get a nose bleed and have to take a week off.

    Dion = whimp

    Iggy = nerd

    Harper = safe again.

    • In all fairness, there is no way Iggy is nerdier than Harper, for better or for worse.

      • Jack, you're right. Iggy does match his shoes to his briefcase. And I've never seen him in a leather cowboy vest.

    • "Iggy = nerd"

      Hey, thanks for checking in from planet Animal House. You'd better scurry off to the cafeteria – there's a big food fight about to happen.

      • Yup, being a nerd is a negative – just ask Bill Gates

      • Thats funny. But you might have to explain it to Iggy. They didn't have Tv when he was a kid.

        • An OLD nerd?!!!!!!!

          That settles it. Meet me at the quad later today – we'll ambush him and give him a wedgie.

  10. "You can't count on a government that can't count—and a prime minister who's only good at division."

    Not a bad line.

  11. Well, he's thrown down… now he's got to deliver. This strikes me as a very dangerous move – he's now committed to an election this fall, regardless of how well Harper (or the economy) does until then. He still doesn't have a platform to run on. He still doesn't have a clear message to run on, no real key issue to hit Harper with.

    Ball's in Iggy's court – he could still push out Harper with an aggresive platform and campaign, but there's no indication that either is going to arrive in time for an election.

  12. Sure is nice that the Honourable Ken Dryden chooses to mail out his screaming alarmist 10% er flyers to the Sunshine Coast riding way up here north of Vancouver. This is a long way from the old Forum Mr. Ignatieff. According to him, the Conservatives were evil for doing this type of 10% er. Now that fundraising has finally improved, I guess it is A-Ok to do the so-called nasty. Maybe it because of a change in the "whether."

    • That was cute, Janni!

      But maybe, and I really hate it to be so, the Liberals have conceded that what the Conservatives did with our money worked for them. So, they are showing they can play that game, too. I vote for a private member's bill (I don't care of which party) to ban 10 percenters.

      • In the mail in the last six weeks, I've received one piece of mail from my MP, describing a number of different activities taking place within my riding, in addition to her news from Ottawa, nothing at all from the Liberals, and 6 promotional flyers from Conservative MPs who represent other constituencies. My favourite was the one that promised fewer hassles for Canadians traveling abroad, received the week following Suaad Hagi Mohamud's return.

        • "My favourite was the one that promised fewer hassles for Canadians traveling abroad, received the week following Suaad Hagi Mohamud's return."

          No! Seriously? Oh, who sent you that one?

          • Hmm, there have been a couple from the PM himself, one from the wife of the former MP from my riding, one from Laurie Hawn…eh, you know how it can be with Conservatives – they all look alike to me.

  13. Inspiring speech.

    I particularly liked "You can't count on a government that can't count—and a prime minister who's only good at division."

    • I believe that's a Sondheim lyric.

  14. "The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." PJ O'Rourke

    Whenever I hear/read something like "2017 will be our 150th birthday. We can be the smartest, healthiest, greenest, most open-minded country there is—but only if we choose to be" coming from a pols mouth, I always think of PJ's quote. Other than a few platitudes, how does Iggy propose to make us the smartest, healthiest and greenest people in the world?

    And I think it's despicable that Libs are keen to race-bait in order to gain power. Libs don't have a very good track record with 'brown' people abroad either so I am not sure why they think it is acceptable to accuse others of racism and treating minorities as second class citizens.

  15. Janni – I've received from mid-Jan to last week – 21 ten percenters from Cons. I've kept them all but one, just in case someone doesn't believe me. Included was a 14 page booklet, a huge Canadian flag to put in our windows on July 1st – not one neighbour put one in the window and a couple of HUGE, printed in blue parliamentary reports – all on taxpayer money.

    So, a few from other parties doesn't bother me at all.

    • That is really fair of you all of a sudden.

  16. Aaron, please offer my congratulations to your colleagues in the PPG. It appears that they have succeeded in their mission to force the Liberals into triggering a fall election through their endless, drumbeat speculation, and the threats of the inevitable Dion comparisons if Ignatieff failed to deliver on the election they were the only ones asking for. They must be very proud of themselves.

    • We hardly know our own power.

      • If you're granting boons, maybe you could also force the parties to stop smearing themselves in cant like performance artists in crème fraîche.

        • Ah-ha. Found something even we can't make happen. That didn't take long at all.

          • Dammit, another bridge too far.

  17. So, if the current Prime Minister loses seats this time, does he quit?

    • I doubt it. He's got money to run another election a few weeks later. Not sure if John Baird would think the fifth election in six years would be as wasteful as the fourth one in five, but that remains to be seen.

  18. So when the CPC gets it's majority, will the Liberals collapse for good?

    • Please, hold your breath.

  19. One of the things that the Liberals are trying to do is stop giving free rides to the NDP and the Bloc. Duceppe and Layton have been freely blustering about how they are steadfastly opposing the Conservatives, cheerfully leaving the Liberals to take the heat for either propping up the Tories or forcing an election. By getting their opposition in first, Ignatieff is forcing the other parties to be held responsible for the final decision.

    Baird's talk about "unnecessary elections" is somewhat nervy, given that the Conservatives forced an election of their own last year. Does he think that we have all forgotten about that?

  20. Breaking news….

    Iggy postures….. again

  21. There is so much corruption in Canada, it doesn't matter which party wins. The political party's all fall into the same old weary rut. Gordon Campbell has actually committed a criminal offense, of a DUI. He has sold BC Rail, out from under the feet of BC citizens. There are too many offenses Campbell has committed, to list them all. BC, is becoming an empty shell of a province, as Campbell is busy selling BC resources to the USA. I am so stupid, I thought BC was a part of Canada. But, it seems, Harper and Iggy, are backing Campbell up, by, not asking Campbell to step down. BC is in a crises. With all of BCs resources being sold, there will be no way for BC to crawl out of this mess, caused by Campbell, who had the gall to give himself a 53% wage hike, from the money of a dying province.

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