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Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby Jim Street » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:19 pm

Is this cockbite completely out of touch with reality?

What an asshole.



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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff speaks during a press conference in Sudbury, Ont., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.

Liberals will move to topple Harper government

01/09/2009 2:02:03 PM

CTV.ca News Staff
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says he will no longer support Stephen Harper's minority government.


In a speech Tuesday to the Liberal caucus, Ignatieff said Harper's time as prime minister, "is over."

"I cannot support this government any further," Ignatieff said to cheers and wild applause, following a meeting with his Liberal caucus which is on retreat in Sudbury, Ont.

"We will hold Stephen Harper to account and we will oppose his government in Parliament."

Sources have told CTV News that the Liberals will put forward a non-confidence motion to force an election this fall -- although they need the support of the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois for that to happen."

During his speech, Ignatieff attacked Harper's record during his four years in office.

"Mr. Harper, you have failed all four tests," Ignatieff said. "You've failed to protect the most vulnerable. You've failed to create jobs. You've failed to defend our health care. You've failed to produce a plan to restore our public finances."

Ignatieff said his party "can do better" at managing the economic crisis, protecting Canadians abroad and making the country competitive in the 21st century.

"Stephen Harper doesn't get it," Ignatieff said. "He doesn't get that Canada's in a race -- that we've got to position our country to compete in the 21st century. We've got to make Canada a world leader again -- and we've got to do it now."

CTV parliamentary correspondent Roger Smith, reporting from Sudbury before Ignatieff's speech, said some members of the Liberal caucus have been pleading for a more cautious approach in a bid to temper the leader's hawkish tone.

They're saying, "'It's only been a year since the last election; the polls show us in a dead heat, at best; the economy is starting to turn around ...What exactly is our message going to be?'" Smith said Tuesday morning on Canada AM.

The hawks, meanwhile, are telling their leader they can no longer prop up the Tory government, saying: "'This is as good a time as any, and we don't know what the situation will be down the road'."

The Liberals also find themselves in a far better financial situation than at the start of the previous election.

"They raised more money than the Tories in the second quarter. They've got ads ready to go," Smith added. "Ignatieff seems to be leading them to pull down the government in late September."

Liberal caucus chair Anthony Rota said the party is ready for an election, be it this fall or next spring.

"No matter what happens, when you're in a monitory government, you're always ready for an election," Rota told Smith Tuesday during an interview on CTV News Channel. "And when you look at the caucus, we're ready. We're ready for an election whether it comes now, or whether it comes a year from now."

Earlier Tuesday, Liberal finance critic John McCallum said that his party should bring down the Conservative government over its management of the economic crisis, saying the Tories were too slow at getting fiscal stimulus money out the door this summer.

McCallum also pointed to Monday's news that Canada's economy grew by 0.1 per cent in June, about half the growth the private sector had expected.

"Well I certainly think a strong case can be made for a change in government on grounds of economic mismanagement because yesterday's growth numbers showed that, far from leading the G7 out of recession, Canada was dead last in its economic performance in the second quarter," McCallum told Smith.

EI, stimulus spending at issue

On Monday, the Conservatives said talk of a fall election could risk derailing the nation's fledgling economic recovery.

On the cusp of Parliament's resumption, Transport Minister John Baird said economic stimulus spending could be threatened if Canadians are forced back to the polls by a non-confidence vote in the coming weeks.

Ignatieff dismissed Baird's statement on Monday as a "load of nonsense."

The big question mark is how Ignatieff intends to sell Canadians on yet another election, especially in light of yesterday's data showing signs of life in the economy for the first time in almost a year.

Smith said according to the hawks, the main issue that triggers a non-confidence vote may be failure by the government to provide the changes the Liberals want on unemployment insurance -- an issue that Harper and Ignatieff locked horns over when Parliament ended in June.

While the leaders held a series of meetings on the issue over the summer, Ignatieff has said the Tories balked at his efforts to build bridges on EI reform.

The Liberal caucus retreat ends Wednesday. The fall sitting of Parliament resumes Sept. 14, and Smith said opposition's first chance for a non-confidence vote will be September 30 -- "which could mean an election the first or second week of November
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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby three-six » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:18 pm

What a shitfuck....

Seriously, I'm at a loss of words....

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby recceguy » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:29 pm

Sigh....Looks like we will waste our time listening to the parties call each other names in the name of a "debate", show up at the voting stations, and wait for the TV to tell me that once again the Conservatives have won a minority. I wish these other parties would get a fuckin clue......twice now they've lost to the conservatives for a minority government and this one will be no different.
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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby happydude » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:14 pm

Sweet Zombie Jesus, not this shit again. I'd really like to know what cracked out world that douche bag retard is living in. :cuss:
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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby Jim Street » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:39 pm

Ontario.
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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby dira necessitas » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:40 pm

LOL... yes Ontario

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby fergs » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:02 pm

"Jim Street"

Is this cockbite completely out of touch with reality?

What an asshole.

"Stephen Harper doesn't get it," Ignatieff said. "He doesn't get that Canada's in a race -- that we've got to position our country to compete in the 21st century. We've got to make Canada a world leader again -- and we've got to do it now."


Says the guy who has been in Canada since his defect from the USA in 2005.
Mike, you dont get it. We do not want a election called so you can park your ass on the big boy seat.

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby metallicat » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:00 pm

On a personal level, I don't really care about having to vote again. It takes very little time out of my day, and isn't a big deal. But the polls are suggesting that things are going to be no different. So instead of allowing parliament to sit and actually govern our country, we are going to go through another campaign that keeps the elected politicians on the road rather than working to do what we put them there for. I'm getting sick of minority governments.

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby happydude » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:32 pm

Jim Street wrote:Ontario.


Got a chuckle out of that one, :thumbsup: .
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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby warden602 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:38 pm

About time!

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby Minimum Wage Warrior » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:40 pm

Elections are bloody expensive and it keeps whatever government is there from doing anything productive. I have a hard time having some guy who hasn't been Canadian for years trying to tell me how much he loves the country.

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby Minimum Wage Warrior » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:32 pm

Even a clause that makes the party leadership change so that the losing leader can't become prime minister for a period of five years... all of a sudden the problems that Canada is facing won't be so urgent and an election can wait after all.

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Re: Liberals will move to topple Harper government

Postby Columbo » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:26 pm

I just farted.
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