42 Minutes…

Michael Ignatiff wants to know: What can Stephen Harper possibly do in three quarters of an hour that he hasn’t managed to accomplish over the last four years of his administration?

It’s a reasonable enough question, but also one that’s entirely unfair in most respects — a rather good line of attack, to be sure, but also one that cleverly avoids the somewhat inconvenient fact that the Liberals have no plausible or substantial legislative alternatives on the table at present when it comes to environmental policy in general or resolving various impediments to Canada-U.S. trade relations more specifically.

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8 responses to “42 Minutes…

  1. hitfan

    Meh… as a zinger it’s OK I suppose.

    I’d like to see an April Fool’s day version of a House session where all of the parties pretend to argue for their opponents’ positions (like Harper advocating for gay marriage, Ignatieff becoming a fierce opponent of gun control, Layton accusing the Conservatives of being anti-business and Duceppe demanding that the government strengthen it’s ties to the British monarchy) just to see the WTF? look on the faces of TV talking heads.

  2. Ti-Guy

    but also one that cleverly avoids the somewhat inconvenient fact that the Liberals have no plausible or substantial legislative alternatives on the table at present when it comes to environmental policy in general or resolving various impediments to Canada-U.S. trade relations more specifically.

    That’s not their function right now.

  3. No, I guess it isn’t and recognition of that fact plays quite well with the Liberal strategy of simply igniting bags of poo on the government’s porch.

  4. take_dead_aim

    Valid question from the Honourable Leader of the Opposition, valid answer from the Prime Minister of Canada.

  5. Drake

    “That’s not their function right now.”

    Actually, if you want someone’s vote, you’d better tell them where you stand. Last year it was the Green Shift, all green, all the time. Now Iggy sings the praises of the tarsands, saying it’s a national unity issue. People are confused as to where the Liberals stand on issues these days, and with that policy vacuum, people draw inferences. Most inferences that are being drawn are, the Liberals have the same policies as the Conservatives or alternatively, they have no policies.

  6. sapphireandsteel

    that sounds like a New Democonservativecrat talking point Drake….

    just sayin.

  7. Ti-Guy

    Actually, if you want someone’s vote, you’d better tell them where you stand.

    “Against everything the Conservatives say or do” is not only practical politics, it’s also common sense. It’s also easy to understand.

    Win-Win-Win.

    We all remember what happened during last year’s Green Shift. The hideous Conservatives went into character assassination/attack mode.

    That’s all Conservatives do. Not only the politicians, but the supporters as well. And that’s just to distract everyone from noticing that *they* have no ideas at all. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nichts. It took the threat of a Parliamentary revolt to get them to even acknowledge that we were in a recession, remember?

  8. Drake makes a very good point about people filling the Liberal policy vacuum with all kinds of inferences. But it’s kind of a no-win situation for the Libs because if they actually do clearly articulate their policy positions the Conservatives will simply distort them beyond recognition. Perhaps it’s better to let them waste their time/money on a ridiculous campaign of character assassination.

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