Saturday, May 27, 2006

Harper Wants Elections Every Four Years

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government will introduce a bill next week to establish fixed federal election dates every four years except in cases where the government is defeated in a House of Commons vote or is otherwise "prevented from governing."

Hmmm... I truly think that the frontrunners in this race are scaring the shit out of those Tories. Personally, I think Ignatieff is the scariest of them all for the Tories, but I'm sure Kennedy, Rae and Dion are scary for them too.

10 Comments:

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fixed election dates is an old idea and has nothing to do with the liberal leadership race. Not everything is about you!!!

 
At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pedro

Get real. This is not about the leadership race. It's another attempt by the Tories to remind Canadians how corrupt Liberals are. Guess what it's working! Take a look at the polls.

Liberals need to wrap themselves around the flag and argue that a fixed election date is another attempt by Harper to turn us into Americans.

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Zac said...

Personally I support fixed election dates. Campbell and McGuinty introduced similar measures I think.

I loved the headline over at CTV the other day:

"Harper Plans to Fix Next Election"

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger decoin said...

It is obvious the Conservatives are terrified, because they know the LPC will resume power in less than a year under Iggy or Kennedy.
Then the Liberal order will be restored - Kyoto, the gun registry, central daycare, no fixed elections, no senate reform, dramatic cutbacks in funding for the military and a pull out from Afghanistan, and a resumed hardline with the provinces and in particular Quebec. Why is everyone so worried about HArper. He is gone in a matter of months.

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger D said...

I wouldn't say that the introduction of fixed election dates is a sign of the Conservatives being scared "shitless" of the LPC leadership candidates.

I would be in favor of fixed election dates for majority governments.

decoin - "Why is everyone so worried about HArper. He is gone in a matter of months."

Confidant are we? :) I too would like to see Harper replaced with a more moderate leader as soon as possible. But I don't think that Ignateiff is that far off from one of Harper's cronies. I would support Kennedy if I was a member of the Liberal party. Dion is too left for me, but he may take back some of those votes the Grits lost to the NDP last election. And Brison, well, the only thing progressive about him is his sexual orientation (which he has politicized quite nicely).

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

Oh, I absolutely believe that having fixed elections is a good thing and I hope it works.

But, let's get serious - Harper is doing this out of the goodness of his heart? I don't think so.

The reason why the Tories are ahead of the Grits is because we're in the middle of a leadership race and don't quite have a concerted effort to go on the offensive.

And the other reason why the Tories are ahead is because the Lib leadership race is distracting the media away from all of Harper's fuck ups.

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harper is doing this to stop Liberals like Cretien and Martin to do what they did in the past.

And "decoin". 3 months ago you said that the Conservatives would lose the election in a couple of months and everything would be hunky dory again. Keep it up. Even the weather man is right every once in a while. If I were a Liberal I'd have dis-owned you long ago. I have no idea why you wouldn't join the NDP with your left leaning head in the sand attitude. I'm really glad you're on the other side because it makes us right leaning redneck wing nuts look pretty good.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

To think that Harps is doing this just to stop the Chretiens and Martins of the world, think again.

There's absolutely some self-interest in this and I 100% believe that it has to do with the fact that once the Libs get their shit together, we're going to win again.

I think the Tories got around 35% of the popular vote - that means the other 65% voted for a centre or centre-left position. 2/3 of the country don't support a centre-right (and "centre-right" is being generous) agenda and I think that's going to surface once we get our act together.

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger decoin said...

Anon. - you obviously haven't had the benefits of a liberal education so I'll provide that to you.
Lesson 1: Canada is a one party state. That one party is the LPC, which has ruled the nation for virtually all of its history.
Lesson 2: the LPC is the Natural Governing Party. See Lesson 1. Every leader of the LPC since Wifred Laurier has ruled the nation as Prime Minister. The LPC almost never loses, and is out of power only for brief periods of time.
Lesson 3: Canada is a progressive, socialist, left wing nation - see 1 & 2 above. We are not lackeys of the U.S. neo-cons. The progressive left leaning residents of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver decide who runs the country - always have - always will.
Lesson 4: the LPC could elect a deranged Hedy Fry as leader in December and they will still be restored to power by April, 2007.
See 1, 2. & 3 above.
Lesson 5: by mid- 2007, Kyoto and the gun registry will be re-instated as top priorities, fixed elections & Senate reform will be dead, centralized and institutionalized daycare will be law, the military will be out of Afghanistan without exception, and the provinces will once again learn that a strong centralized federal government is boss.
Lesson 6: yur welcome - read and weep.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger EX-NDIP said...

Pedro . . . does breathing methane gas hurt???? Having a fixed election date is a plot, and calling an election after 3 years, as Chretien did, is OK with you??? I think you are in the minority on this one . . . but that's where the Libs should stay. As the corruption and waste reports keep coming from the AG, and Lib friends keep going to jail . . . Moses couldn't lead you guys out of the wilderness!!!

 

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