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"It should be a matter of confidence. It is a terrible, terrible deal and it sets an atrocious precedent for all of our trade negotiations with the U.S."
Rae said Harper is assuming the Liberals will support the deal, or at least absent themselves from a vote that could bring down the government, rather than risk an election before a new leader is chosen on Dec. 3. But he said the Liberals must not fall into Harper's trap.
"The Liberal party can not under any circumstances allow our own internal issues to get in the way of focusing on the importance of this question in the House of Commons," said Rae, who once served as legal counsel to the Free Trade Lumber Council.
Rae urges Liberals to risk election over softwood
Originally posted by Duzey
I'm more than happy with the minority. Sure nothig gets done, but at least nobody can screw the country up beyond repair.
Originally posted by Umbrax
We need a political revolution IMO.
Idealists in charge can be scary; they don't change their mind in the face of public opinion
Originally posted by Duzey
Call me that dirtiest of words, a moderate. I like a politician who knows which side his bread is buttered on and is flexible enough to sway with the current. My problem with idealists in power is that not everyone shares their ideals.
To me, one of the signs of an ok government is a willingness to admit they have made an error in judgement and not have their ego tied up in public policy.
The Conservative Party is asking supporters for a special cash contribution in light of political attacks on the government's controversial Middle East stand.
In a letter circulated to members, the party's executive director, Michael Donison, asks for donations of either $75 or $150 to promote the government's position and to prepare for a possible snap election. (...)
Mr. Donison's letter says the opposition is concerned by the “growing strength” of the Harper government.
“We must be ready for an election now because the opposition is blindly determined to drag the country to the polls, on any pretext they can contrive. ...
Originally posted by Otts
2) Whatever happened to Harper's fifth priority, reducing wait times in hospitals?
I have here the July issue of Report Magazine, a conservative journal published nine times a year out of Edmonton. The magazine's president, Curtis Stewart, told me its paid circulation is about 10,000 and it has several regular contributors. One of them is the Prime Minister of Canada.
In his latest column, Stephen Harper offers an update from Ottawa. "It's been quite a ride," the PM reports. Since the election, the new Conservative government has made progress "on all of our five priorities -- from cleaning up the federal government, to cutting taxes, cracking down on crime, supporting families, and strengthening our country at home and around the world."
Stephen Harper's new game: Hide-the-Priority