Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Of Coalitions

I know Liberals will reject this, with extreme prejudice, but this is how coalition government is supposed to work. Myself, I shudder to think what a coalition of the Conservatives and the business wing of the Liberal Party would come up with on EI, but at least they are working semi-openly together. That in itself is an improvement over the chaos we have seen lately. Now, if only they would get out of denial and embrace the love that dares not speak its name.

Update: If the Liberals embraced a real coalition with the Tories, they would at least, avoid criticism like this.

Update 2: From Kady:
By the time that word of a second summit between Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff had come out, most of us ParliamentaryCrisisWatchers had already downgraded the election threat-o-meter from red to yellow, and were just waiting for official confirmation that the Liberal leader’s perfect record of backing away from any position that could ever potentially be described as “courageous” remained intact. We were not disappointed, although ITQ will admit that the blue ribbon threw us for a loop. Offering your grudging support for a government you’ve only just finished condemning for its “flagrant incompetence” is one thing — but doing it in exchange for a few vague promises to get back to you with more information, and an advisory panel? Somehow, that seems even more embarrassing than forcing your caucus to hide behind the curtains during votes, although that could be because you’re now forced to paste a fake smile on your face and pretend it’s a victory.
Ouch. A bit harsh there, Kady.

Final Update: I am wondering, despite the fact that the panel studying changes to EI is "blue ribbon", don't we have MP's and don't they have committees which could handle such a study? Why do we have a government at all? Why not just farm everything out to blue ribbon panels and drop the messy business of elections altogether?
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1 comment:

  1. Well, if the business Liberals split off and became Tories, and the progrssive Liberals became Dippers, then we might actually have an election about issues...