The Conservatives and Bloc joined forces in order to take down the government; If they had have been successful there would have been big electoral gains for the Bloc at the expense of a Federalist party with not much upside for the Conservatives.I always give credit where credit is due, please visit Koby's blog.
During the last federal election, American Michael Moore called upon all Canadians not to elect "our George Bush" and to "hold our nose" and vote for Paul Martin.
Is this what it has come to?
Our only hope for a united country comes with a "Federalist" party that has done the most damage to the national fabric? That somehow, if we elect Liberals in every corner of this country (except for Quebec, that's lost), we'll be a better country? The bureaucracy they created was the most corrupt, the policies of inaction, the policies of "cut payments now, pay a little bit back later - blame the provincial goverments in the mean time" - they sure did like blaming Premiers Mike Harris and Ralph Klein.
The more I see the more it becomes apparent.
Take the much applauded Atlantic Accord. Did the federal government go to Nova Scotia and to Newfoundland & Labrador, and say, "Geez, you got all this oil and gas off your coast. You would really benefit from a different arrangement." No. Premier Williams had to remove all the Canadian flags from government buildings and dig his heels in. Then, "Hold Your Nose" Martin came out of the woodwork.
Then, of course, the Conservatives are blamed for halting this agreement. Even Premier Williams had no choice but ask Conservative MPs to go against their party and support the Liberal tactic.
In short, Newfoundland & Labrador Conservative MPs had to "hold their nose".
We should hold our noses and vote for the Liberal Party, because the alternatives are too scary to think about? I disagree on that, I do think the Conservatives make a better choice, but that's me and everybody else on the blog list on the right.
Is this going to be on the Liberal Party motto for the next election? "Just Hold Your Nose; We Don't Taste That Bad!"