Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Canada: Liberals NDP Bloc sign deal to oust Stepehen Harper & The Neoconservatives

Stephane Dion Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada announces deal to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his the Conservative Party as the ruling party.

Canada: Liberals NDP Bloc sign deal to oust Tories
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Policies mirror many of George W. Bush's Policies and agenda

Just when many of us had given up on the oposition parties as being too fearful to make a bold move against the cynical yet arrogant Stephen Harper & his Tory party of Neoconservatives & other politicians of the Far Right they finally stand up for the Canadian people and the country.The election held in October was one of the most cynical self-serving moves of ruling party in a long time. For the federal election we had one of the worst voter turnouts in decades. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the head of a minority government but did not need to call an election for another year. But in a cynical move called for an election believing his party was ahead in the polls and that he hoped to win more seats to form a majority government. Harper also timed the election to take place before the American Federal election in which he feared that if the Republicans lost to Barack Obama this might be considered a reputiation of the conservatives beliefs and policies which were in line with the Bush Regime and the American Neoconservatives and the Far Right including the Religious Right. If the Republicans lost Harper feared this would embloden the opposition parties to attack his ideological stance of being in favor of Laissez Faire capitalism and being in favor of further deregulation and cutting programs to the point of basically destroying those programs while having no interests in other issues such as the Environment.

Opposition parties make agreement to defeat Harper government on belt tightening economic plan
from The Real News Network

The Liberals and the New Democrats have a deal to form a coaliton government and push the Stephen Harper Conservatives out of office. The agreement was also signed by the Bloc Quebecois although they will not be part of the coalition. Liberal leader Stepahne Dion and the NDP’s Jack Layton signed the accord which would see the two parties work together until June 2011. Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois also signed the agreement which would see his party support the coalition till June 2010, though the BQ would not be part of the coalition.
The move comes after finance minister Jim Flaherty tabled an economic and fiscal update last week that did not include a stimulus package for the recession that has gripped the Canadian and global economies. In the package was a plan to end government funding of political parties implemented by the Chretien government to stop politicians from being beholden to the corporations that give them money, a decision to take away the right to strike for public service unions, a move to cut financing for litigation in pay equity hearings, and selling off government assets.

The opposition quickly jumped on the Harper and Flaherty’s austerity and belt tightening proposals and laissez-faire attitude at a time when nations around the world are pumping money into their economies to boost consumer confidence and threatened to bring down the government.

Fearing they’d made a blunder Flaherty removed the abolition of party funding and backed off from taking away the right to strike for public workers from the bill. The Prime Minister also postponed the vote on the bill by a week to December the 8th. In the meantime the opposition got together to discuss a coalition and spent all weekend working on the deal and have told Governor General Michaelle Jean that they have enough votes to form a goverment. Involved in the negotiations were former Prime Minster Jean Chretien and former NDP leader Ed Broadbent. The Conservatives have attacked the idea of a coalition saying it was unconstitutional and went as far as recording a conference call by the NDP caucus trying to say that this was not about the economy but a power grab.

The Bloc and NDP responded by reminding Harper that he had asked for a similar agreement in 2005 when he tried to topple then Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority government. The deal by the Liberals and the New Democrats would see a 24 member cabinet with the Liberals getting eighteen ministers and the NDP getting 6 as well as 6 parliamentary secretaries. This would be historic because the New Democrats have never formed or been part of the Federal government in Canada. The question remained of who would lead the coalition as Liberal Leader Stephane Dion will be stepping down after the Liberal Leadership convention. Sunday Night in Toronto the 3 Leadership candidates Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae and Dominic LeBlanc came to an agreement, and at a liberal caucus meeting on Monday the vote was unanimous

also see: from Common Tuesday, December 2, 2008 by Agence France Presse
Leftist Coalition to Grab Power from Canada's Conservatives

OTTAWA - Opposition parties announced a deal to soon dethrone Canada's ruling Conservatives and bring in a leftist coalition headed by Liberal leader Stephane Dion.
"We are ready to form a new government," Dion told a press conference. "This will be a Liberal-led government in collaboration with the New Democratic Party and with the support of the (separatist) Bloc Quebecois."
The near unprecedented move follows the government's release on Thursday of proposed fiscal measures that opposition parties angrily denounced as failing to bolster Canada's sagging economy.
The government's plan also included a cut to subsidies for political parties that would have bankrupted at least one of the three opposition parties and a temporary public sector strike ban to 2011.

and so it goes,

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