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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dion may have just goofed

Dion just proposed a couple of ammendments to the Speech from the Throne.

However, the way they've been put forward by Mr. Dion, he may have inadvertantly set in motion a series of events that could precipitate an election.

If Jack Layton is smart, and the other Opposition parties support the Liberal ammendments, Mr. Harper can turn around and ask the GG for dissolution... because their Speech has been in essence, defeated by the Opposition.

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  • At Wed Oct 17, 06:11:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In the first session of Martin's minority, the opposition amended the throne speech, but then pretended it never happened.

    Harper at the time argued that it meant the government no longer had the confidence of the house, the Liberals argued otherwise.

    Luckily for Harper, thanks to that the Liberals have now set the precedent that ammending throne speeches no longer defeats governments.

  • At Wed Oct 17, 06:38:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Joffré said…

    Cool Blue, the Liberals actually reached a deal with the Bloc and Conservatives back then, and voted for the amendment to their own throne speech, so they were on the right side of the vote.

  • At Wed Oct 17, 09:02:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Eric said…

    If Layton was smart and could do it, he should put forward an amendment worded to simply state that the government will make all efforts necessary to meet the Kyoto accord.

    It forces Dion to step up or go home and highlights the Tory 'failure' to follow Kyoto. (which I don't really believe is a failure - but NDPers see it as one). It would definitely box Dion in and put him in a position where he'd have to vote in favor or lose control of the environmental file to the Dippers. It'd be a very smart move on Layton's part actually... I wonder if he can make such an amendment?

  • At Wed Oct 17, 10:01:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    I've been told that Layton can't make any ammendments


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