Will yet another Canadian federal election happen at last in 2010?

Jan 4th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief
Photoshopped Belinda Stronach, compliments of jensorlie. Ms. Stronach surprised almost everyone when she jumped from the Cons to the Libs, a political lifetime ago now it seems. Who or what will be next, and when?

Photoshopped Belinda Stronach, compliments of jensorlie. Ms. Stronach surprised almost everyone when she jumped from the Cons to the Libs, a political lifetime ago now it seems. Who or what will be next, and when?

I don’t usually admire the Conservative guru Tim Powers. But his January 2 note of caution on recent Canadian federal election speculation — from no less than John Ibbitson, Don Newman, and Norman Spector — seems at least somewhat wise. (Even if he left Jim Travers off his list, probably because Travers published on January 2 as well!)

As Powers puts it: “The one predictable thing about the minority governments of the last six years has been unpredictability. From Belinda Stronach’s defection to the Liberals to Jack Layton’s recent support of the current government’s last few confidence motions nothing happened as was forecast.”

That having been said, alternate Conservative guru Norman Spector’s 2010 election talk is impressive for its precision. Spector specifies that early this coming March Mr. Harper will (or “could” at any rate) go “to Rideau Hall to request a vote on Tuesday April 12th.” (Well, Tuesday the 12th here is a typo. But the Globe and Mail editors get it right in their headline: “Mark April 13th in your new 2010 calendar as election day.”)

On this scenario what lies ahead is not an election triggered by the opposition majority, in a parliamentary defeat of the Harper minority government, etc, etc. It is a vote called by the Harper minority government itself, in search of a parliamentary majority. Odd how no one any longer even seems to consider that: “On November 6, 2006, the Parliament of Canada [on the urging of the Harper government] passed” legislation which “requires that each general election is to take place on the third Monday in October, in the fourth calendar year after the previous poll.”

Belinda Stronach in real life, with friend. Stephen Harper should have known: no real Conservative would hang out with this guy! Is the minority prime minister making a similar mistake now, and with who?

Belinda Stronach in real life, with friend. Stephen Harper should have known: no real Conservative would hang out with this guy! Is the minority prime minister making a similar mistake now, and with who?

Meanwhile, Susan Delacourt has just pointed out that, whatever happens with elections, the Harper minority government will very soon give the Canadian people an unreformed Senate in which appointed Conservatives outnumber appointed Liberals.  (Who once said the Senate of Canada is “a relic of the 19th century” again?)

Le Devoir has made a vaguely related point on the Harper government’s latest throne speech, this coming March 3, 2010 (after the current prorogation of both houses of parliament ends), in the country’s other official language: “Le gouvernement Harper présentera alors un nouveau discours du Trône et déposera son budget dès le lendemain, soit le 4 mars. Il s’agira du 5e discours du Trône en seulement quatre ans pour le gouvernement conservateur.” The once alleged reformer Mr. Harper, it now seems, is determined to use all the old Ottawa tricks, as much as he can!

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  1. Canada, is always stuck, in the same old rut. Proroguing Parliament, for what? A Prime Minister, dodging issues, and leaving them unresolved, is derelict in his duty. People are becoming very disenchanted with Harper. M.P’s are calling him a fascist, and, too stubborn to work with. What is going on in this country? How does Canada move ahead, with no co-operation, and unresolved issues? We will just stagnate. And, why do millions of our tax dollars, go to, banks, huge corporations, gas and oil company’s? I watched that very motion being passed in the House of Commons. They get huge tax reductions, and now the HST too. Don’t worry, this question has been asked a multitude of times, by a large number of citizens. The question has always been ignored and dodged as well. It’s the little guy that keeps this country running, if we deferred paying our income tax, until the next year, this country, would fall flat on it’s butt. The big corporations, and the wealthy, would then have to pay their fair share of taxes, just for once.

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