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What would Stephen Harper tell Stephen Harper about working with the NDP? (II)


 

More from the Prime Minister’s December interview with Steve Murphy.

Nobody wants Canadians to go back to the polls, and I think they believe that the two big parties, who are both federalist parties after all, who are both moderate parties with experience of governance, I think that Canadians would expect both of us to work together to try and deal with this economic situation as best we can. And I’m certainly willing to do that with Mr. Ignatieff.


 

What would Stephen Harper tell Stephen Harper about working with the NDP? (II)

  1. Wonder if the PM got the quote right on the first shot.

  2. That was in response to Mr. Murphy asking, "What would you do differently if you had already been Prime Minister when you said you were going to be a Prime Minister who would do things differently?"

    • Yes, Mr. Murphy's questions are so confusing! Remember his infamous Dion question:

      If you were prime minister now, what would you have done about the economy and this crisis that Mr. Harper has not done?

      That's such a confusing question, even a PhD couldn't figure it out!

      • The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) found that the CTV interview from the 2008 Canadian Federal Election between anchor Steve Murphy and then Canadian Liberal leader Stephane Dion breached ethical standards. *

        Also, let's not forget that M. Dion's question in search of clarification was "Prime Minster since when?" because the timing would change how he would answer. That paragon of journalism just kept repeating the same illogically timed question.

        * The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is an independent, non-governmental organization created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to administer standards established by its members, Canada's private broadcasters. The Council's membership includes more than 700 private sector radio and television stations, specialty services and networks from across Canada, programming in English, French and third languages. http://www.cbsc.ca/english/index.php

    • Good one! I think Harper had to consult John Howard on that question…

  3. So Harper thinks taking two months to send Ignatieff one "get stuffed", two "what? me worries" and an 8×10 glossy of John Baird (soon to be replaced with an autographed version of the same) constitutes working together. At least no one screwed up my summer.

  4. There has been some postulating from the Conservative rabble that the NDP and/or Bloc will now be forced to support the Conservatives. All polls point to a near stalemate, and none of the current opposition is flush with cash, I am not convinced either the NDP or the Bloc need fear an election. If those parties accept they will not form a government, then the only outcome they should really fear is a majority and that ain't happening.

    The NDP would certainly support the Conservatives for a price, but given the path the two parties have gone on… that price would be far too high. Support from the Bloc would be toxic to the Conservatives.

    Ultimately, Harper runs the Conservative show so if the NDP is going to prop up the government, Harper will have to let them. No doubt, Harper does have a perchant for wild manouvers when he feels pressure. However considering the misery he exuded when the Liberals forced his hand on stimulus, I have a hard time imagining that standing beside a beaming Layton is something he could tolerate.