Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Conservatives have to fix Harper's bungling

Stephen Harper has managed, through incompetence, arrogance and hopeless judgment, to create a crisis for the country and his party. Hard to see how long he can stick around.
But a coalition government, based largely on loathing of Harper, is not a useful solution. It will be destabilizing and leave 40 per cent of voters - especially those concentrated in the west - feeling screwed once again.
The Times Colonist offers a useful view of what should happen next here.


Anonymous said...


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.


Purportedly from the September 09, 2004 letter to then Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and signed by all three opposition leaders: Gilles Duceppe, Jack Layton and Stephen Harper.

Is there any more? Is this correct? Is this the complete text of the letter? Thanks

Declan said...

I certainly wouldn't want 40% of the voters to feel screwed when things were going so well with 60% of the voters being screwed.