Sieg…

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I think you know how the rest of that goes. Click on the above graphic if you need directions, a map to where you can lock-step with fellow brown-shirts, and instructions on how to “twitter” yourselves into an indignant frenzy of pointless, frothing outrage.

Oh, and don’t forget to take lots of pics!

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Update: Urgh. Dueling rallies. Spare me the grief and bother.

A Mental Bloc

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Since the idea of a coalition to defeat the Harper government began to seriously take shape last week, by far the loudest and most frequently heard complaint from the usual suspects has been the participation of the Bloc Québécois.

Adding what some might regard as legitimate weight to that objection, it’s reported in the Vancouver Sun this morning that Ted McWhinney, former Liberal MP (John Turner’s successor in Vancouver-Quadra), political scientist, esteemed constitutional lawyer, and sometimes advisor to past Governors General and other notables, apparently thinks that a coalition dependent on the support of the BQ would be “crazy” (to use the good professor’s highly technical legal phraseology).

According to McWhinney (for what it’s worth, an Aussie who believes that once QEII passes on, Canada should simply allow the monarchy to quietly fade away) seems to object to Duceppe effectively being “kingmaker” in the proposed coalition arrangement. “What is the Bloc leader going to demand for his support?” he asks, rather aimlessly. Well, what he always does, I would imagine; specifically, more and better deals for the citizens of Quebec in addition to overarching demands regarding the environment and other issues on which “progressives” (and surveys would have us believe, most Canadians) are in general agreement with.

Actually, there’s not a lot of substance to McWhinney’s speculative objections. Also, you might notice that they already seem to have been outpaced by events. “Unless she is satisfied that there’s a definite prospect of a continuing government, she doesn’t have to go along,” he notes. Indeed. But the accord signed yesterday would seem to resolve uncertainty about that. If anything, the prospect of a continuing government under the opposition’s coalition arrangement is quite literally more “definite” than was the case under the endless brinksmanship of Stephen Harper’s recklessly partisan minority.

At the risk of committing the sin of “shooting the messenger” it might be legitimate to point out that the journalist in this instance has been a rather implacable and strident foe of the Bloc. In past articles Yaffee has called the BQ “an unhealthy blight in the federal Parliament” and has railed indignantly against public subsidies that fund its existence. In this respect, she’s not alone. Many people share that sentiment, even though a good number of others who operate in the reality-based universe have long since moved on from it.

“Politics Done a Little Differently”

It may be premature to say so, but I’m very much liking the tone of comity and optimism coming out of this emerging coalition. Should be interesting to see how the markets react tomorrow… (sanguine is my bet).

h/t: Jeff — Another good video!

Amigos!

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Looks to me like a pic that positively invites captions…

Meanwhile, the Conservatives are “fuming”… Should make for a remarkably jolly Christmas party tonight. Ho, fucking ho.

Calling Mr. Nanos…

Could we see a little polling on how the idea of a progressive coalition is going over with average Canadians, please?

Anecdotal evidence indicates that the concept seems to have broad endorsement (to say the least — excitement and wild enthusiasm might better describe the sentiment) from supporters of the Liberals, NDP and Bloc. No big surprise there, of course.

On the public front, a CROP-La Presse survey indicates that 76 percent of Québécois favour a coalition should the Conservative government be defeated on a non-confidence motion in the House of Commons. For whatever it’s worth, an online survey at the Winnipeg Free Press shows 69 percent in favour of a coalition government.

It would certainly be nice to see some more detailed and reliable (non-partisan) polling to back up these preliminary indications of general support. Especially so, I might add, before the Tories’ mighty Wurlitzer starts cranking out the anticipated wave of specious propaganda…