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According to Stephen Harper, this election is about choices. We can elect a stable, majority Conservative government or a coalition of Liberals, socialists, separatists...
Turns out Stephen Harper also dilly-dallied with separatist coalitions in the not-so-distant past; and there is proof, not in the form of a forgotten blue dress but in the form of a letter signed by Harper and Gilles Duceppe and sent to then-governor general Adrienne Clarkson.
Back in 2004, when he led the Tories in opposition to then-prime minister Paul Martin’s Liberal minority, Harper signed a joint letter with Layton and Duceppe, asking the governor general to consider “options” if Martin sought an election. Layton and Duceppe say what they had in mind was Harper heading a government, with their backing. Without having to win an election. Exactly what he accused Ignatieff of plotting now.
Harper said he intended nothing of the sort. And for two days, he wouldn’t clarify just what “options” he’d wanted the GG to consider. Then, on the campaign’s third morning, he offered an explanation. “I would have told the governor general, ‘We in fact are not trying to bring the government down. All Mr. Martin has to do is sit down and talk to us and I’m sure we will find a resolution.’ ” In other words, he hoped the GG would urge Martin to play nice. Is that in the vice-regal job description? Not according to University of New Brunswick parliamentary expert Don Desserud. Ned Franks, Queen’s University’s resident sage on Parliament, called the Prime Minister’s explanation “utter nonsense.”
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
If we don't vote anyone into power and the gov't disbands...
GUESS who won't be getting any Oil, lumber and water?
Originally posted by intrepid
Now how about that little thing about his government being in "contempt of Parliament"? What do you have to say to the people about your abuse of the parliamentary procedure Stevie?
Sorry, can't find this story online at this time. I have a hard copy at work though and will produce the text and links tomorrow but it still comes from Maclean's. When asked about the contempt charge he starts to answer and then says, "This election is about the economy." Basically dodging the question.
Afterwards, a reporter asked how he would deal with the fact his party was found in contempt of Parliament the week before. “The only democratic outrage is…” he began to say, before pausing: “Well, the economy is what this election is really about.”
Conservative leader Stephen Harper and Shawn Macdonald who owns a plumbing business share a moment as Harper unveils his 'Here for Canada" Conservative policy platform