So now, the Tories are suspending Parliament and are running a bunch of ads about the SOCIALIST THREAT and SEPARATISTS TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT in an attempt to convince Canadians about something. A delay tactic which shows their cards.
I don’t know why everyone is in such a tizzy about this. Non-confidence motions and the ability to change the ruling party of government without an election is a tenet of parliamentary democracy. It’s what happens when the majority of elected officials feel that the ruling party isn’t doing their job properly, and it’s a Good Thing. It’s why we don’t have to put up with folks like George W. Bush for four years at a time. Another nice aspect of parliamentarianism is that an election can be called any time. In fact, in 1974 Trudeau forced an election by introducing a confidence motion with his minority government’s budget. He was pretty confident he’d win the resulting election, which he did.
Stephen Harper himself proposed a coalition government with the Bloc Quebecois in 2004, so why are so many people running around, tearing out their hair and gnashing their teeth about the SEPARATIST THREAT? Stephen Harper would have been all too happy in 2004 to OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT in partnership with the Bloc and/or anyone else he could find.
Now, it’s fairly common knowledge that cenobyte is a bit of a rabble rouser. A bit of a rebel, if you will. Somewhat of a low-key anarchist. Part of my utter giddiness over everything that’s happening in the Canadian parliament is just the sheer disorder of it all. I *love* watching Conservative MPs spit vitriolic epithets at the press about the UNDEMOCRATIC SEPARATIST COUP. I love watching Bloc MPs, calm and collected, discussing why replacing the current government is what’s best for Canada – not what’s best for Quebec, but what’s best for Canada. I love hearing Stephane Dion say “Canadians elected 308 members of Parliament in October, not just Stephen Harper”. I love watching the slow boil of panic on Parliament Hill.
I don’t know what it is. Canada is not a country born of rebellion and war; we’ve always been a somewhat conciliatory place. Louis Riel stirred things up with his Resistance, and the FLQ. But really, it’s not a country that does “things like that”. You know, Good Countries Don’t.
Check out the Yarn Harlot for a good explanation of how all this works (thanks to Melistress for the link): www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2008/12/03/what_is_happening_in_canada.html