Comments: To the polls! (C'mon, you know you want to.)

Excellent post Debbye. I am absolutely amazed that 36% of Ontario voters still say they support this corrupt and morally bankrupt Liberal party.

Clearly the battle will be won or lost in Ontario. We have a lot of work to do to convince our fellow citizens that there is no future in voting Liberal again and again.

We keep hearing that no one wants an election. Hell, I don't want an election - but Canada needs an election. And the sooner the better.

Posted by Bill at April 24, 2005 09:15 AM

I'm with you all the way, so I'll engaged in semantic terminological hairsplitting instead.

"...I'm coming at this whole thing with an American anti-federalist (i.e., pro-States rights, pro-provincial rights) attitude."

The original anti-federalists were the people (like Patrick Henry) who opposed ratifying the US Constitution. The term "federalism" in the US means supporting autonomy for the states (e.g., the Federalist Society, made up of rightwing law students of whom I was one when I was in law school), so a modern "anti-federalist" would be a centralizer. Or not: it's just an ambiguous phrase.

Posted by Dave J at April 24, 2005 01:25 PM

Hey Debbye, Whew! Quite a post.

"I seem to be the only person I've read that liked Duceppe's rebuttal last Thursday (and I'm disappointed that CTV didn't see fit to post the text to his speech yet included NDP Leader Jack Layton's) but my impression of Duceppe's remarks was that he appealed to Canadians to restore honesty to the Canadian government... &"

I think the reason that many of us pay little attention to Duceppe is that we have already factored Quebec independence into the equation. Quebec is, de facto, independent. We don't care any more. Therefore, whatever the leader of the BQ or the PQ may have to say about Canada is just background noise. Now, we Canadians want to talk about our future amongst ourselves. The opinions of Duceppe or of the President of Ethiopia may be spot on, but they are of little tangible consequence.

Posted by keith at April 24, 2005 04:58 PM

Unholy coalition, Batman!
Paul Martin and NDP leader Jack Layton are meeting today to hammer out a coalition deal between the Liberals and the NDP. In return for his support of the Liberal government, Layton demands, among other things, that corporate tax cuts promised in the current budget be removed.

Jack Layton has political suicide written all over his face - and that of his party. How foolish do you have to be to agree to strike a deal with a party that the whole country knows has been engaged in criminal activities? Could it be that Layton wants to get his share of the Liberal loot? Did he feel left out in the mafia games played by the Liberals for years? Is he miffed because he has never been invited to one of those Italian restaurants in Montréal to collect one of the money-filled envelopes left on a table in a dark corner?

Right on the heels of Paul Martin's TV speech, Layton felt the need to establish once and for all that the NDP is also entitled to be part of the mafia family. He clearly wants a seat at the table of the district bosses and divvy up the loot.

Let's see how smart (Ontario) voters will be during the next election. But given the fact that more and more Ontarians are swinging towards the Conservatives, and away from the Liberals and the NDP, it could very well happen that voters may leave a horse's head on Layton's pillow or dump him in Lake Ontario with a pair of cement shoes.

Remember one thing, Jack: if you lie down with dogs, you'll wake up with fleas.

Posted by Calgary Cafe at April 24, 2005 05:49 PM

Duceppe is a formidable politician, and he certainly outshone everyone else on the stage that night in terms of the statesmanship he displayed.

Posted by RJ at April 25, 2005 10:17 AM

Is anyone digging into where the money went on the Gun Registry? Because it's flat-out impossible that that much money was spent on, well, developing a Gun Registry.

Posted by Pixy Misa at April 25, 2005 10:50 AM

Dave, you're probably right, I am not an anti-federalist in the 18th c. sense but I find the ever-growing size of the U.S. federal government very alarming, and the Canadian federal government is even larger (comparative to populations.)

Actually, the proper term up here for the union of the provinces is confederation, which for obvious reasons I'm even less likely to use.

Pixy, deep respect to you and all Australians on ANZAC Day.

In terms of the gun registry, evidently the software cost a million dollars. (Stop laughing! there are actually people up here who believe that figure credible.) Also, the government waged an advertising campaign to fight opposition to the registry.

The Gomery Inquiry is not mandated to look at anything besides the Sponsorship Program, but maybe an election will open the doors to a few more questions.

Posted by Debbye at April 25, 2005 11:06 AM

RJ, great post! I read it shortly before I went to work last night but was running too late to link right then. It hadn't occurred to me that Duceppe had more manuevering room precisely because he has no need to run a national campaign, and he could play an interesting role if the media covers his campaign in Quebec.

Posted by Debbye at April 25, 2005 11:14 AM