Sparks to fly tonight!
Wouldn't a civil war be great right about now?
Martin's center-left Liberal Party had been dogged by a corruption scandal. It will now face voters in an expected January election that could end 12 years of Liberal rule in America's largest trading partner -- after a campaign over the Christmas holidays that the prime minister argues most Canadians don't want.
The opposition Conservatives, the leftist New Democrats and the separatist Bloc Quebecois joined forces to bring down Martin's government, which had lost its majority in an election last year. Monday's final vote was 171-133.
Naomi Heller, 40, jumps in: "Look, Martin's kind of creepy, too, but Harper, he's like those Christian nuts who always vote for Bush. He's got a secret agenda. He'd probably try to bring back the death penalty and ban abortion. Stuff like that. And with Harper, you'll never see him taking shots at the Americans like Martin does. He'd want us to be in bed with them."
"So, to all federal Grits who plan to start bleating about the need for everyone to unite, pull together, fight the Stephen Harper/Jack Layton/Gilles Duceppe threat, blah blah blah, remember this: plenty of us were willing to let bygones be bygones, and offered to help out. And we never got so much as a polite 'no thanks.'
In my books, that gives us all free agent status, which we intend to deploy to the fullest extent imaginable. Or, put another way, the Martinites - the most disloyal group of 'Liberals' imaginable - shouldn't start preaching about Liberal loyalty, now, should they?"
Get ready for the deepest tax cuts you ever saw. Get ready for these guys to cancel the GST and replace it with rebates. Get ready for a massive system of cabinet appointments for every breathing non-incarcerated adult Canadian.
We are all Belinda Stronach now.
The Prime Minister's Quebec lieutenant, Transport Minister Jean Lapierre, said the Liberals are determined to carry out the promise Mr. Martin made on national television last April to call a vote within 30 days after Justice John Gomery's final report into the sponsorship scandal, which is expected on Feb. 1, 2006.
According to the Liberal plan, an election would fall on either April 3 or April 10, 2006, he said in Montreal.
"That's our agenda," he said.
Jack Layton sent the Conservatives the clarion signal they have been demanding, stating unequivocally Tuesday that he is committed to helping them bring down the government at the next available opportunity.
"We are very clear," Layton told reporters in Vancouver.
"If there's non-confidence motions before the House (of Commons) we'll be voting against confidence."
"We don't believe the government deserves our confidence any longer."
Layton went a step farther than Harper, stating that he would also vote against the Liberals' supplementary budget estimates Dec. 8 or any other confidence matter.
"We're prepared to bring down the government, but he'll have to contact us and indicate how he intends to do that," Harper told reporters. [...]
Harper said he would be willing to discuss with Layton the option of allowing the New Democrats to use the Conservative's "opposition day" on November 15 to introduce a no-confidence motion.
"And this is, I believe, our best chance of really making a significant difference. I don't think anybody wants to see that first ministers meeting effectively cut off by a premature election."
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Hold the line!!! AND SOMEONE GET ME COFFEE!!!
The [national unity] reserve had been created in 1992 when Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister. But it automatically lapsed under a sunset clause in 1996 and it had then been specifically renewed, reinstated, and that had required the signature of the Finance Minister - of Paul Martin. He had, indeed, signed it.
November 3, 2005 - I smell election. It's coming.
Harper: policy, hope, you love the country.
Layton: get away from Martin's blast radius, fast.
Duceppe: keep doing what you're doing. It works.
Martin: go jump in a lake with the rest of the "rookie mistake" gang.
Hoo boy. This one's going to be fun.
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