Monday, February 02, 2009

Liberal Opposition

I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the budget, but I will say that the only people specifically enraged by the thought of passing the budget are those of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs group. It doesn't matter that the last time Stephen Harper Was Defeated At All Costs, not one of the Opposition parties had a more appealing message for Canadians -- Liberals included.

To those who argue that by abandoning the Coalition, that Michael Ignatieff has given up any chance of defeating the government in the future, I would disagree.

The last I checked, the Bloc and the NDP lack the necessary numbers to bring down the Conservative government on their own. And, as charter members of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs, their only recourse in not joining the Liberals in bringing down the government on a future measure is what?

The NDP and the Bloc have vilified abstentions and vilified supporting the government, so I don't see how they cannot support bringing down the government on a future confidence matter introduced by a Liberal motion or vote.

Clearly the Opposition must deal with the Liberal Party to defeat the Conservatives. That's the way it should be.

Canadians have chosen a Conservative government -- twice. At some point, we have to live with it and choose our battles accordingly. If we go back to them every three months saying, "No, you're wrong," we may not like the answer they come back with.

2 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

I don't see how they cannot support bringing down the government on a future confidence matter introduced by a Liberal motion or vote.

That's assuming the Liberals ever support one. They didn't for 3 years the last time.

Clearly the Opposition must deal with the Liberal Party to defeat the Conservatives.

They could just let the clock run out or wait for Steve to disregard his own fixed election date again.

Partisan Hobo said...

I'd like to see something in the middle, like negotiation and debate about the content of the budget bill. I'm not loving the "all or nothing" approach that the Liberals and the NDP are taking right now. While I personally think the home improvement tax credit is dumb, it's not worth bringing the government down over. The attacks on pay equity and water rights are mean-spirited and offend me deeply, though. At the very, very least I'd like to hear opposition parties offer some substantive criticism and offer alternative ideas. I think Canadians could handle that kind of intelligent response.