Thursday, March 06, 2008

Oh. Dear. Lord.

This should make for amusing political theatre

In an apparent attempted response to suggestions that the Official Opposition Liberals have abandoned the realm of opposition to the NDP and Bloc Quebecois, the Liberals are digging up some old bones to pick.

According to the Toronto Star, the Liberals will introduce a motion condemning the NDP and Bloc for helping the Conservatives defeat their minority government in 2005.

It's nothing new. Immediately following the election of the sitting Conservative government in 2006, various Liberal partisans blamed the NDP. After all, not only did they not fold up during the 2005/06 election, but also defeated the sitting Liberals in the first place.

So of course the Liberal defeat in 2006 wasn't their fault. It was all the NDP and now, the Bloc.


The motion, resolving that Parliament "condemn the irresponsible and self-serving actions on Nov. 25, 2005, by the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Quebecois which led to the installation of a government that is hostile to the rights and needs of vulnerable Canadians," is a farce.

To suggest that the Liberals lost the 2006 election only because of their fellow opposition parties (let's not forget about a little thing called "Adscam") is as equally ridiculous as to suggest that they're the reason why the Liberals are such a shitty opposition in the first place.

Opposition politics, after all, isn't exactly rocket surgery. You vote against the government. John Turner got it, and he still identifies himself as "former Prime Minster of Canada" despite never having been actually elected to that position.

It's hard to say what the Liberals should think is more embarrassing: introducing this motion in the first place, or being defeated on this resolution in the house.

Apparently, crybaby politics are here to stay.

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