Not that it’s been in much doubt for the past several weeks ever since the “straight up guy” in the slimming blue vest started spinning his laughably feeble pretext for an election, but after today’s pointless meeting between the PM and Stéphane Dion, it’s virtually certain that there will be a federal election on Oct. 14, which also happens to be a Jewish holiday.
“[Harper] doesn’t want Canadians to have too much time to see he is ill-prepared to face the economy . . . he doesn’t want to face byelections,” Dion told reporters after the 20-minute “charade” during which he apparently berated Harper for breaking the spirit if not the letter of his fixed election law.
As to why the government is making a mockery of the law they introduced not long ago specifically to prevent the “government of the day be able to play around with the date of an election for its own crass political motives,” to quote a Conservative minister talking about Bill C-16, Tory spokesprick Kory Teneycke simply repeated the narrative he’s been pedaling to reporters for the past two weeks. “Mr. Dion could find no area of common ground with the government to move forward with a legislative agenda,” he said.
When asked about specifics of the “legislative agenda,” or queried as to what exactly he meant by “a number of things that government would like to move forward on,” Teneycke … Wait a minute, this is the liberal media we’re talking about. They never asked him those questions! Silly me, what was I thinking? No, instead, we got Mike Duffy, CTV’s morbidly obese cut-up, back from two months of basting his corpulent pile of flab in the sun, pronouncing that Dion, just as the Tories expected, had stupidly fallen into their oh-so-clever trap and that now Harper “will be able to say on the campaign trail that he tried to work with the opposition.” How fucking brilliant.
So, get the “Straight Up Guy Express” on the road ASAP and let the barefaced lying, pandering and skullduggery commence! We’ve got an election to endure.
Update: Somewhat related to this, there’s a hatchet job from this Drudge wannabe about Dion’s upcoming junket in Winnipeg. Oh, and don’t forget to contribute to the Conservatives’ favourite muckraking dirtbag while you’re there — now in convenient denominations of “$25 – $50 – $100 – $250 – $500 … Other” — consistently losing NASCAR races doesn’t pay all the bills you know!