Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bad idea

I'm all for the Liberals, NDP, and the Bloc doing their thing in a minority parliament -- that's what they were elected to do. But using the unelected, bogus, waste-of-time senate is another thing all together.


The Liberal majority in the Senate can be counted on to slow Prime Minister Stephen Harper's right-wing agenda while the Liberal party rebuilds with a new leader, says Bill Graham, the party's interim chief.

"Today, we currently have 102 MPs and 65 senators all mobilized to defend the values that everybody in this room believes in — values that we share with most Ontarians and other Canadians," he told the weekend convention of the Ontario wing of the federal party.

10 comments:

R.S. Porter said...

I can't wait for the day the senate is abolished, or, at the very least, elected.

David MacLean said...

I think the day will come.

Robert McClelland said...

During the last week of the election campaign Harper assured Canadians that the senate would keep his extremist policies in check. So why are you complaining when they're only going to do what Harper assured Canadians they would do?

at the very least, elected

So does this mean you'd have no problem with a Liberal elected senate interfering with Harper's agenda?

Alberta Conservative said...

If the Liberals hold up the budget in the senate who are people going to blame when they don't see the 1% GST cut? It won't be the conservatives.

We should follow the example of New Zealand and abolish the senate completely.

R.S. Porter said...

So does this mean you'd have no problem with a Liberal elected senate interfering with Harper's agenda?

Well I wouldn't like it, but it's better than a non-elected Liberal senate screwing things up.

So why are you complaining when they're only going to do what Harper assured Canadians they would do?

Harper was not saying that because he wanted them to keep him in check in that manner. He was merely stating the reality of the situation. As the Conservative platform stated: "Begin reform of the Senate by creating a national process for choosing elected Senators from each province and territory."

Robert McClelland said...

Wrong Porter. Harper was trying to shake the scary label by assuring Canadians that it was safe to vote for him because the senate would stop his extremist policies. And that's exactly what the senate is going to do. So get used to it.

Calicos said...

Harper was trying to shake the scary label by assuring Canadians that it was safe to vote for him because the senate would stop his extremist policies.

Nothing in the Conservative budget could in any way be considered "extremist". Harper was refering to the Liberal charge that the Conservatives would take on a radical social agenda.

I welcome the Liberals to try a senate stall tactic which could render them almost as irrelevant as the NDP.

Robert McClelland said...

I welcome the Liberals to try a senate stall tactic which could render them almost as irrelevant as the NDP.

Why do you rubes think telling people just to surrender to the will of the clownservatives is meaningful or something anyone is going to do? Think about it. After the `04 election if I'd told you just to give up because struggling would only make things worse for the conservatives would you have done that? Gawd, you dimbulbs don't even realize how truly stupid you are, do you?

Spakosky said...

So graham says that they will defend "liberal values": jsut what are those, ahyway? oh yeah: graft, corruption, helping "the family", gun control!, sex with 14 yo's, a worse emissions record than the Americans, reflexive anti-Americanism, helping rogue regimes, talking piously while doing nothing, taking money from terrorists, buying votes... I'm sure I've overlooked a few Billy!

R.S. Porter said...

Harper was trying to shake the scary label by assuring Canadians that it was safe to vote for him because the senate would stop his extremist policies.

No, he was not. If you think Harper's extremist, then you're living a Leftist illusion.

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