Our regular tipster JD sends the latest political news from Canada:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority government proposed a cut on federal spending on political parties in the last few days. Opposition parties all teamed up to give it a thumbs down. These opposition parties are now forming a coalition government and want to have the head of this coalition become the PM by appointment of the Governor General (whose husband has Quebec separatist sympathies). This coalition party would then be the “majority.”
This is nothing less than an attempt at a coup d’état — Canadian style.
See the National Post for all details. (Don’t waste time with the Toronto Star or Toronto Sun. The bias of these rags is so leftist you can’t get an honest report.)
Coalition plans will please Canadians, according to John McCallum (Liberal spokesman).
The federal Liberals and the NDP struck a deal Sunday night on being partners in a coalition government. The two parties would lead a coalition government for a term of two-and-a-half years, with the support of the Bloc Quebecois. Liberal and NDP MPs were briefed Monday on the terms of the arrangement.
The Prime Minister’s dastardly plan to hobble the opposition by ending their access to taxpayer subsidies has blown up in his face, much as it always does when evil geniuses try to take over the world. Outside agents in the form of Jean Chretien and Ed Broadbent emerged unexpectedly and managed to galvanize a pair of listless opposition caucuses, which have now convinced themselves voters didn’t really want to re-elect Mr. Harper’s Conservatives to a stronger mandate in October; what they wanted was a wildly unstable coalition headed by a Liberal leader and stuffed with New Democrats, the whole unwieldy mess beholden to Gilles Duceppe’s [PQ — Bloc Quebecois] separatists for its survival.
Whether Governor General Michaelle Jean will swallow this is an arresting question. The opposition has every right to defeat the government and try to replace it, but a grouping so unstable, and so beneficial to the cause of the separatists, can hardly be said to be in the interests of the country. Ms. Jean’s position is additionally fraught by past allegations her husband harbours separatist sympathies, putting her in a position of particular discomfort. Not to mention that the politicians seeking her approval now were rejected by voters less than two months ago.
Here’s how we got to the brink of another federal election, or perhaps a change of government without an election: The Conservatives were too clever by half and the opposition parties were too disingenuous by a factor of six.
Had I been in the Tories’ shoes, I likely would have decided to do the same thing — i. e., use the need to pare back federal spending as an excuse to end taxpayer subsidies to political parties. No doubt, it seemed like a good idea at the time: Deal a crippling financial blow to your opponents, but tart it up as part of a larger effort to keep Ottawa from running a deficit. What the Tories underestimated, though, was the absolute and utter shamelessness of the Liberals — and to a lesser extent the NDP — not to mention the willingness of most media to bite uncritically on the opposition version of events.
The Tories expected the opposition to be angry — the Liberals and NDP, after all, rely on taxpayers for around two-thirds of their funding — but they never dreamed either party would be prepared to throw the country into a constitutional crisis over this issue.
JD adds a final note:
Basically you have the leftist parties (Liberals and NDP and Bloc Quebecois) joining forces to promote their own communist agenda.
Clearly the people voted incorrectly and the correct people in charge must now be appointed.
This is breaking news, and I admit to a woeful ignorance of the political situation in the Frozen North. Canadian readers are invited to remedy the deficiency by weighing in with their views on the situation in Ottawa.