Saturday, December 20, 2008

How soon they forget.


Stephen Harper, 2004:

Excellency,

As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program.

We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority.

Stephen Harper, 2008:

Harper warned that, should the opposition vote down the government's budget when it is tabled on Jan. 27, he will press Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to call an election rather than leaving her in the position where she could ask Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to lead a Liberal-NDP coalition government.

"I will have no choice but to ask for an election. Canadians certainly did not elect a coalition under which the Bloc Quebecois would have a veto to govern the country. If anyone wants to put a coalition government in office, I think they have to get a democratic mandate to do so," Harper said in the Ottawa interview. "If the decision of Parliament is that they don't support the government people elected, then I think the only constitutionally, politically, morally, the only reasonable thing to do at that point is for some other government to get a mandate from the Canadian people."

When asked about this apparent complete reversal of fundamental principles, Blogging Tory co-founder and Fellow at the Manning Centre for Wingnut Welfare Stephen Taylor replied, "I think this shows, beyond any doubt, our Prime Minister's capacity for bold, dynamic leadership *click* leadership *click* leadership *click* bzzzzzzzzz ..."

10 comments:

Dr.Dawg said...

That first letter is so well-crafted that I wonder why Dion had to spend all day on his and fluff the video op.

wv= "woooling"

Wayne said...

Mr. Harper is the captain of our ship. The ship we call Canada. The ship we call home.

There are rough economic waters, maybe even economic icebergs ahead.

But, with his steady strong hands, our brave captain will steer the economic wheel of our ship until we reach smooth blue water.

Throw away partisanship ye scurvy dogs, the way is before ye. It is the good way, the right way.

Wayne said...

I have to wipe a tear. Excuse me.

Frank Frink said...

Jeebus, Wayne. Think you could you hump Big Daddy's leg just a little bit harder?

ps - I don't think that was exactly a tear you were wiping.

Romantic Heretic said...

Memory is inimical to The Truth.

psa said...

i do believe wayne just told the world that he swallows.

Mike said...

I believe wayne just told the world he does ass-to-mought THEN swallows...

KEvron said...

"I have to wipe a tear."

wipe your ass while you're at it.

KEvron

stageleft said...

The only thing more f'ing amazing than the hypocricy of the party leaders is the capacity of their partisans to swallow whatever BS they spew forth.

.... do they send their capacity for critical thought to the party along with their membership fee?

Metro said...

Wayne urging us to throw away that nasty partisanship is like a heroin junkie telling someone to quit smoking.