Colina do Parlamento / Parliament Hill (Photo credit: Marcio Cabral de Moura)
A voting marathon that could keep members of Parliament chained to their desks around the clock is set to unfold in the Commons as opposition parties try to thwart passage of the Conservatives’ massive budget bill.
Opposition MPs are challenging the Harper government’s parliamentary majority this week with hundreds of proposed amendments to Bill C-38, the 425-page budget implementation legislation that revises approximately 70 federal laws.
The far-reaching omnibus bill will touch on nearly every aspect of Canada’s public affairs, and the Liberals, NDP and Green Party say its size makes a mockery of MPs’ duties to vet legislation and hold the government accountable.
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An interesting game of poker is taking place in Ontario and it seems that the Liberals may have the best hand. Who has the most to lose? At the moment it’s the NDP. No one wants an election and I suspect that if one is called you can kiss all of those NDP seats goodbye. Both the NDP and the Tories cannot afford an election at the moment. In a funny sense if the NDP votes against the budget I am sure the Tories will end up having to support it. The Liberals be in the best position if an election is called. So who will blink first?
Posted in News, Ontario, politics, The Economy
Tagged budget, Conservatives, Dalton, Liberal, Liberal Party of Canada, Liberals, NDP, New Democratic Party, Ontario, Ontario New Democratic Party, PC, politics, Tories, Tory
Canadian Election 2011
Everything that has transpired has done so according to Conservative design. NDP and Liberal Canadian’s walked into a trap. It was I who allowed other parties to believe that they could defeat me. My policies are quite safe from your pitiful little band in parliament. An entire legion of my best policy makers await them. My policies are unavoidable now. It is Canada’s destiny! You, like the people before you, are now, mine! I can feel your anger. You did not think I could win. Your hate has made you powerful. Now, fulfill your destiny and take your place as a Conservative member.
Conservative Party Policy (5 Key Priorities):
- Creating jobs through training, trade and low taxes.
- Supporting families through our Family Tax Cut and more support for seniors and caregivers.
- Eliminating the deficit by 2014-2015 by controlling spending and cutting waste.
- Making our streets safe through new laws to protect children and the elderly.
- Standing on guard for Canada by investing in the development of Canada’s North, cracking down on human smuggling and strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces.
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Tagged Bloc Quebecois, canada, Conservative, emperor palpatine, jack layton, Liberal Party of Canada, Michael Ignatieff, NDP, New Democratic Party, Palpatine, Star Wars, Stephen Harper
Well its election day in Canada! I’d offer some predictions, however I imagine that the election will be overshadowed by Osama Bin Laden today. In light of that there will be a dynamic shift today. Question is what will really happen. This is hard to predict. Canadians are angry. The Conservatives were arrogant, in demanding a majority. They should have reached out early to soft-C Conservatives in the Liberal party. However, it is too late. They waited until Jack Layton, whom both the Liberals and Conservatives ignored, sprung to life in the polls. However, all may not be lost for the Conservatives. It all depends on vote splitting in Ontario and other provinces. There is a chance they may sneak through.
It will be an interesting night, however I predict that the NDP will gain a large amount of seats. The Bloc will tank and the Conservatives may end up with a majority. However, there is a slight chance that Canadians are so angry that the NDP could win, but I doubt it. It will definately be an interesting night in Canada.
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Tagged Bloc Quebecois, canada, Conservatives, jack layton, Liberal Party of Canada, New Democratic Party, Ontario, Osama Bin Laden
You can’t do your job as Leader of the Opposition. I don’t know what you’re doing running for Prime Minister. It’s a very unusual political situation when every voter knows even before the federal election that Canada’s next prime minister will be Stephen Harper. Like or loathe it, the Conservatives will be returned to power on October 14.
But two other important questions are far from decided – who will be Opposition leader and whether it will be a minority or majority government.
After last week’s debate and two years of Harper government one thing is very clear – the only real federal opposition in the House of Commons is the New Democratic Party. And the only real choice for Opposition leader is Jack Layton.
Liberal leader Stephane Dion is a smart, decent man. But Dion and the Liberals don’t stand up to Stephen Harper – they prop him up.
On 43 separate occasions in Parliament, Dion’s Liberals voted to keep Harper in power and accept his very conservative legislation.
By continually abstaining, the “Official Opposition” has abdicated its important role of serving the majority of Canadians who reject Conservative ideology.
But it wasn’t just fear of losing an election that led to the Liberals becoming Conservative Lite – they actually agree with Harper’s wrong-headed positions on many key political issues.
Dion and the Liberals support Harper’s massive $50 billion corporate tax cuts that reward companies which have eliminated more than 400,000 manufacturing and forest industry jobs since 2000.
And the Liberals and Conservatives want huge tax cuts despite the fact that Canada’s tax rates are already lower than many industrialized nations, including the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan.
And Canada also has a much lower Goods and Services Tax than most countries.
Dion and the Liberals joined with Conservatives to vote to extend till 2011 the deadly mission that sent brave Canadian troops into a hopeless situation in Afghanistan.
Dion and the Liberals say they want a “Green Shift” and carbon tax to protect the environment but oppose a proposed NDP moratorium on new Alberta tar sands oil projects – Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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If anybody was thankful this Thanksgiving, it was Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty, who went out campaigning Monday knowing that a new poll put him way ahead of his competition. Joining supporters in Mitchell, Ontario for Thanksgiving lunch, McGuinty said he’s not taking the lead for granted.
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” McGuinty told reporters after speaking to about 100 supporters in a barn at a hog farm. “There’s lots of time left for voters to make up their mind.”
He also denied reports he plans on raising taxes.
However, his opponents are reminding voters McGuinty has a track record that is less than trustworthy. NDP leader Howard Hampton accused McGuinty of neglecting seniors. “They have no plans for home care or long-term care.and that’s why you have seniors lying in soiled diapers for 18-19 hours a day,” he said. Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory said voters should think long and hard before they pick their next premier. “Grandchildren, children, senior citizens themselves should be asking, ‘can I afford four more years of this man with his insensitivity to me on the health tax, insensitivity to me on long-term care, insensitivity on property taxes, doctor shortage and a host of other issues?'” he said. “I say the answer is no.”
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Tagged Dalton McGuinty, election, Howard Hampton, John Tory, Liberal, long-term care, NDP, New Democratic Party, Ontario, PC, Progressive Conservatives, seniors, Taxes