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Wowzers! The Liberals and NDP have agreed to form a coalition government!

They're turfing Harper out.


Pretty amazing times, eh?
 

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Living in the US the last 10 years I haven't been following this as close as I should have. I don't feel bad seeing a Conservative tossed, but I have to wonder how well a coalition will govern.

Are they going to be beholden to the traitors, er, BQ? As much as I dislike the two party system here in the states when the Reform and PC's got together the left in Canada was screwed by having the left leaning vote spread over several parties.

In general I don't think minority govt's or coalitions are a bad thing as it prevents one ideology from running roughshod over the country like 95% of the people voted for it instead of 51%.
 

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Are they going to be beholden to the traitors, er, BQ?
While I am an anglophone from the East Coast, I believe the BQ has much more depth than many people realize.

No single issue party can survive, if the BQ is still around, and Quebec has not left Confederation, other needs are being met. If the BQ were as shallow as we have been led to believe, they would have falied long ago.

It seems to me that the BQ is a left leaning party that makes up a part of our political landscape and makes contributions for all of Canada.

I could be wrong, but there must be more to the story than a plan to leave.

Blessings,

Christopher.
 

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All because Harper wanted to cut public funding from the political parties. I say lets have another election. The Tories would win it on this issue alone.
 

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I'm not a Harper fan, but I prefer the wait-and-see approach they have taken toward dealing with problems with the economy over a throw-money-at-it approach that is being suggested the last while by the Liberals and the NDP (and has been implemented the past couple of months in the US).

It will become necessary to throw increased levels of money into public works and certain industries, and I'm fine with that, but when we've spent the last 15 years digging out of budget deficits and deep debt I would hate to see that good work go out the window on ill-conceived spending plans. If the US economy goes into sustained recession there isn't enough money in the federal or provincial budgets to avoid some economic pain here in Canada, and my main concern is a cycle of government that makes decisions based on short-term populist sentiment.

If a Liberal/NDP coalition government can implement sensible economic plans, and start to move our economy and culture more towards a greener and more sustainable model, then I'm all in favour of this change.
 

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Whats even harder to take is the fact that the man that led the Liberals to their lowest seat total in history and was being turfed by his own party will now be Prime Minister.

The Block shouldnt even exist as a Federal Party as they provide no representation outside of Quebec. The Libs and NDP are going to cave to the BQ's demands in order to try and maintain this sham.

I realize it is indeed constitutional, but the fact that a non-Federal party is able to gain so many seats that any further majority governments may be hard to come by.

The NDP..well, what can I say?

These guys are using the current world financial situation to gain power that they were not voted into by the Canadian people.

Look at Israel if you want a history on the failure of coalition governments.

I hope the GG does the right thing and (as much as I hate it) calls an election. What, are we living in some African nation now?....

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I'm so pissed about this I can hardly see straight. I don't want the Liberals, NDP and Bloc anywhere near the purse strings during this financial crisis. How can we have any faith in a coalition including a Liberal Party that suffered it's worst defeat in history under Mr. Potatohead, the NDP with the annoying and ineffective Layton at the helm, and a third party who's ambition is the breakup of this country. This has nothng to do with the good of the country. This is merely a power grab by three desparate parties and their lame duck leaders who can not get power any other way.

We will pay for this economically on the world stage. Give me another election and we will bitch slap these morons back to where they belong.
 

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The Block shouldnt even exist as a Federal Party as they provide no representation outside of Quebec. Cheers
That's funny, my son (who is not old to vote) asked me about the BQ. I told him it's just a political party in Quebec. Which prompted the next question, "So how to they expect to become Prime Minister or the party in power if they only represent one province?" :confused:

Until last week, I didn't have an answer...
 

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I'm so pissed about this I can hardly see straight. I don't want the Liberals, NDP and Bloc anywhere near the purse strings during this financial crisis. How can we have any faith in a coalition including a Liberal Party that suffered it's worst defeat in history under Mr. Potatohead, the NDP with the annoying and ineffective Layton at the helm, and a third party who's ambition is the breakup of this country. This has nothng to do with the good of the country. This is merely a power grab by three desparate parties and their lame duck leaders who can not get power any other way.

We will pay for this economically on the world stage. Give me another election and we will bitch slap these morons back to where they belong.
:iagree::bom_furious3::bom_furious3::bom_furious3::bom_furious3: Terrifying thought, having the three stooges in power
 

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Rant on!

Todays Globe and Mail editorial suggests the Mr. Harper should resign. Who woulda' thunk it!

Even -they- blame this mess on Harpers brash style. Looks like he's done himself in. This ought to be really interesting to watch over the next week or so. People will either think it's the end of the world, or the great hope of the century. It'll probably be neither.

Funny, Canadian politics are so boring 'til they're not. We just -love- a good political scandal and brouhaha.

How much ya' wanna bet we'll just see more of the same government silliness we've come to love over the years. Doesn't seem to make much difference who's in power, the little guy (and girl) is always the one to pay the price for political shenanigans of -any- flavour.

Gee, I always feel so much better after a rant! :rolleyes:
 

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It's gonna be OK.

:iagree::bom_furious3::bom_furious3::bom_furious3::bom_furious3: Terrifying thought, having the three stooges in power
Hey, take it easy. It's only Canadian politics. Here, take this bong... :p
 

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I hate having Harper in the big chair for another term, letting an ultra-right cretin like Flaherty run amok with finance, but I hate the idea of this coalition even more.

I was not completely against the coalition until I heard Bob Rae being interviewed on CBC radio this morning. He was simply unable to answer any specific questions. And if he can't answer those questions (and I consider him to be very bright and in touch with reality) I don't see how any of the rest of the stooges can handle it.

Clearly Layton is Curly. Which ones do you peg for Larry and Moe?
 

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Me worry?

I hate having Harper in the big chair for another term, letting an ultra-right cretin like Flaherty run amok with finance, but I hate the idea of this coalition even more.

I was not completely against the coalition until I heard Bob Rae being interviewed on CBC radio this morning. He was simply unable to answer any specific questions. And if he can't answer those questions (and I consider him to be very bright and in touch with reality) I don't see how any of the rest of the stooges can handle it.

Clearly Layton is Curly. Which ones do you peg for Larry and Moe?
Let's see. Dion would be Larry, and Gilles Duceppe -might- be Moe, but I can't understand him so I'm not sure...

Hey, I don't think we should worry too much, I mean, our right wing is like the U.S. liberals, and our left wing is sorta like Norway, so we're pretty safe no matter who's running things.

Now, pass me that bong... :cool:
 

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We're different

Is this the Canadian version of the Potus thread? Boring, Eh?
Hey, we're just being Canadians. We really are different you know... :D
 
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