29 November 2008

Taking power without an election

Okay.


So like no panic in Ottawa.


No stains on the Stanfields in the PMO.


Delaying not one but two confidence votes is a gigantic tell that the federal Conservatives badly miscalculated.


But there's another tell:  the whole set of media talking points that focus on "taking power without an election."


You know the Connies are jammed up when they slag others for using something out of their own playbook. Through the magic of the Bond Papers Time machine, we bring you, Stephen Harper attempting to take power without an election:
September 9, 2004

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1

Excellency,

As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister todissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program.

We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority.

Your attention to this matter is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada

Gilles Duceppe, M.P.
Leader of the Bloc Quebecois

Jack Layton, M.P.
Leader of the New Democratic Party



-srbp-

7 comments:

Hishighness said...

Well done Ed! Hat Tipped and linked on my blog!

Zeeshan said...

good find!

Peter said...

Also of note, his government was voted in by 40 per cent of 60 per cent of the electorate. Not exactly a resounding mandate.

Mark said...

This Tory leader is more stain than Stanfield, so to speak.

Noni Mausa said...

You know the Connies are jammed up when they slag others for using something out of their own playbook.

This is archetypal right-wing procedure for the past eight years in the USA. "No matter how unlikely or even irrelevant the accusation, accuse your opponent of precisely what you yourself are doing." The tactic is so far beyond the bounds of reason that it consistently confuses critics. I don't know how to challenge such a barefaced tactic -- perhaps an airhorn?

Noni

WJM said...

No matter how unlikely or even irrelevant the accusation, accuse your opponent of precisely what you yourself are doing.

That also seems to be a play from the book of the left wing in Canada, if Premier Danny Williams' behaviour is any indication.

Jon said...

Funny, but isn't Danny Williams a Conservative? That would make him right wing would it not?