Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stephen Harper falls into Gilles Duceppe's trap

That is the only way to explain the fiasco from last night where the Conservatives voted no confidence in Elections Canada.

This topic has been talked to death already so I am only going to say this.

The Conservatives breathed new life into the In and Out scandal last night. They again put it and their war with EC on the front pages. That is ironic because the initial effect of the scandal had pretty much run its course. No new revelations were forthcoming so it was destined to be put on the back burner, at least until the next election.

Gilles Duceppe decided that he did not want that to happen so he put forward last night's motion hoping the Conservatives would do something stupid. Or more likely, knowing that the Conservatives would choose the bloody minded path over the conciliatory path. Well, the Conservatives either did miscalculate or lived up to their advanced billing and gave the In and Out scandal legs to carry it through to the weekend.

It is funny, in the past governments tried to get out from under scandals by attempting to bury them as soon as possible. The last two governments have taken different tacks. Both have actually taken steps to keep them going. Such an approach cost the Liberals power, what will the Conservative approach to this scandal cost them?

3 Comments:

Blogger Steve V said...

The Bloc nailed them again today. When the Cons kept saying the Bloc "did the same thing", they responded how ludicrious it was to suggest that Elections Canada favored separatists over federalists. I thought that was a great way to look at what the Conservatives are trying to say.

April 30, 2008 7:39 PM  
Blogger wilson said...

Did you guys miss where the Bloc originated In and Out, sued their own candidate for not participating, and won?

://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/onthehill/archive/2008/04/29/the-original-in-and-out-election-financing.aspx

April 30, 2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger wilson said...

oops, link needs http://

April 30, 2008 10:42 PM  

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