Tuesday, October 05, 2004
POLITICS AS USUAL: THE MIGHTY SHELL GAME
Yes, yes, I understand that the Conservatives don't have the money or are organized enough to run an election campaign. And I know that they would pay an electoral price for taking Canadians to the polls so soon. And I do give them credit for the rare accomplishment of getting the government to change the throne speech.
But two things to keep in mind:
- It could just as easily be spun that it was the Liberals lack of consultation and the aforementioned arrogance was the real cause for the government to fall;
- The Liberals are unlikely to give any further concessions now that the Tories have publically stated that they will prop up the government (at least for the time being);
Me personally? I would have taken a "you'll have to see what happens" message going into the House this week. The Libs haven't consulted with the Opposition, so why should the Opposition talk to them?
These Liberals need to be taught that a minority truly is a minority and that they shouldn't be taking anything for granted. If the Conservatives (and NDP and Bloc for that matter) don't start getting some real concessions (not making the government follow though on its promises), voters will be wondering why they don't just give a majority back to the Liberals, since there's no positive difference anyway.
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