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April 29, 2009

Stephen Harper considering a sleep in


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal Party, which has been climbing in recent opinion polls, is also regaining its financial footing and the political unity it needs to fight a new election, leader Michael Ignatieff said on Thursday. But Ignatieff added he was still in no rush to force an election so soon after last October’s vote, and told party activists they still had hard work to do to regain the Liberals’ standing as a “national institution” that could elect candidates in all parts of the country.. “We have a unified party. We have a party out of debt. And we have a party basically ready to fight an election,” he told reporters in Vancouver at the start of the Liberal’s Party national convention.



The new Harper coalition: The sound you hear is Stephane Dion   National Post –  Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Stephen Harper once say something about the inadvisability of getting into bed with the socialists and separatists?  On Wednesday, Parliament witnessed a bizarre move when the Conservatives voted in favour of a Bloc motion that transfers $2.6 billion to Quebec and allows the province to administer its own sales tax.


 Once again due to an obvious great fear of losing his job, becoming unemployed, losing the fringe benefits Shockingly Canada’s prime minister Stephen  Harper is considering a coalition sleep in,  he again hypocritically is considering doing the same thing he bashed others before for doing  … 



“CTV reports on a Conservative Party strategy to block the Liberal resurgence by … wait for it … cooperating with the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois to avoid a non-confidence vote and an election that they will probably lose.  In exchange for continued support, the Bloc seeks tax harmonization with the federal government and improvements to Employment Insurance. The NDP also wants changes to EI, plus more pension protection and stricter rules for credit card companies.  Of course, this is precisely the way Parliament is supposed to work: the governing party is supposed to introduce legislation that has the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons so that it can retain the confidence of the House.  But damn, the optics sure don’t look good for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who excoriated the Liberal Party in December and provoked a Constitutional crisis for doing the same thing.  At the time, Harper managed to avoid the defeat of his government in a non-confidence vote by successfully petitioning the Governer General to prorogue Parliament and avoid facing the elected House of Commons until announcing the 2009 Federal budget in January.   By that time, the Liberal Party had replaced lame duck leader Stéphane Dion with Michael Ignatieff, who decided that the Liberal Party’s agenda could better be served by withdrawing from a coalition with the NDP (and supported by the Bloc) and biding his time until public sentiment shifted away from the Conservatives. Public polling data since January has shown a steady slide in public support for the Conservatives as voters have shifted back to the Liberals.”  




A good leader knows when he’s in trouble. And Stephen Harper, on his 50th birthday, is in deep trouble. He’s in trouble in the country, especially in Quebec; in trouble with the public service, which is putting down tools with his government; and increasingly in trouble with the Conservative Party, whose fault lines are cracking under the divisive and mean-spirited management style of the Prime Minister’s Office. But Harper is apparently oblivious to how much trouble he’s in, because there’s no one, other than Laureen Harper, who can tell him. He is a leader without confidants and without mentors. There is no one to tell him what he needs to hear, as opposed to what he wants to hear: not in the cabinet, not in the caucus, and certainly not in his own office

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