Saturday, November 29, 2008

'Crass Political Opportunism' Et tu, Guy Giorno?


At 1:44 p.m., Blogger RuralSandi said...

Given Harper's press conference on Friday - this is an interesting find - h/t Red Tory

To all of those Tory supporters fuming with outrage at the possible “overthrow” of Harper’s minority government in an “undemocratic coup” and who are especially aggrieved at the thought of the Bloc’s participation in a progressive coalition government, please read the following letter from your Dear Leader to then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson dated September 9, 2004:

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. Your attention to this matter is appreciated.

That letter was signed by all three opposition leaders: Gilles Duceppe, Jack Layton and Stephen Harper.

At 2:27 p.m., Blogger Sinestra said...

What I found quite funny about the press conference was that Harper suggested that there is no constitutional basis for this. Surely Giorno knows better. And obviously based on recent experience Harper does too. It's hard to tell who's more of a control freeak between him and his boss, but I'm sure they are both having a very unpleasant weekend.


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