To all of those Tory supporters fuming with outrage at the possible “overthrow” of Harper’s minority government in an “undemocratic coup” and who are especially aggrieved at the thought of the Bloc’s participation in a progressive coalition government, please read the following letter from your Dear Leader to then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson dated September 9, 2004:
As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program. We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority. Your attention to this matter is appreciated.
That letter was signed by all three opposition leaders: Gilles Duceppe, Jack Layton and Stephen Harper.
From a speech in Victoria earlier in the week.
Must be nice to have a leader that inspires confidence…
There are five more parts. It’s quite a charming interview.
Well, this is actually starting to look promising:
“In light of the government’s failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada’s economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present House of Commons.”
Apparently Dion would head up the coalition government, at least for the first few months.
Update: Jay Hill speaking on behalf of the government has issued a motion of his own formally requesting that the House communicate with Governor General Michaëlle Jean, accepting the Speech from the Throne (and tacitly Flaherty’s Economic and Fiscal update).
That the Address be engrossed and presented to Her Excellency the Governor General by the Speaker.
Acceptance by the House of Commons of a Speech from the Throne is an expression of confidence in the government. I am pleased that the House endorsed our government’s general program, particularly with full knowledge of the content of the Economic and Fiscal update. Yesterday’s vote and today’s motion to communicate with the Governor General accepting her Speech are critical demonstrations of Parliament’s affirmation of our newly re-elected government.
Seems like they’re trying to do an end-run around the opposition and circumvent their pending non-confidence motion by delaying it for perhaps a week.
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island, New York, store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.
“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”
Update: The spirit of Christmas at Wal-Mart. Shoppers scrap violently over the last sale item.
Update2: More madness from a Toys ‘R’ Us store in California, where two people were shot to death, apparently in an argument over a toy…
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (now a Fox News host — who knew?) interviews Bill Maher about religion and his new movie Religulous.
Filed under Humour, Religion
Good news, I suppose, but one wonders whether the opposition parties might still be considering forming a coalition to defeat the Conservatives. It seems highly unlikely given how problematic such an arrangement would be, but Flaherty’s prescriptions for the economy don’t exactly inspire much confidence. Nor, for that matter do the mixed messages coming from the prime minister. Today it’s noted that our dollar weakened this morning by as much as 1 percent and stocks on the TSE dropped yesterday to their lowest level since 2003.
Cartoon: Patrick LaMontagne (Check out his site… he’s quite brilliant.)