A ton of free en­ter­tain­ment


Yes, the “ en­ter­tain­ment” be­gins this Mon­day, Sept. 14 as the House of Com­mons hun­kers down for what could be a stormy ses­sion and frankly could be short one as well. As you know by now Lib­eral leader Michael Ig­nati­eff has taken off the gloves and told a re­cent Lib­eral cau­cus meet­ing in Sud­bury that the Lib­er­als will no longer sup­port the mi­nor­ity Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment. That could mean the gov­ern­ment could fall in Oc­to­ber, al­though as of this writ­ing, now the New Democrats are hint­ing they may sup­port the gov­ern­ment on a case-by-case ba­sis. Makes for fun times for po­lit­i­cal afi­ciona­dos.

In the mid­dle of it will be Stor­mont Dun­das and South Glen­garry Con­ser­va­tive MP Guy Lau­zon.

“ I cer­tainly hope cooler heads pre­vail. I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed that Mr. Ig­nati­eff is not re­act­ing to what I be­lieve the pub­lic re­ally wants. Peo­ple I’ve talked to say they don’t want an elec­tion. They want us to con­tinue with this slow but steady re­cov­ery of the eco­nomic chal­lenges that we’ve been fac­ing for the ten or eleven months. Quite frankly they don’t want to see the progress be­ing made, dis­rupted by an elec­tion,” said Lau­zon.

The Con­ser­va­tives were elected into a mi­nor­ity po­si­tion about 10 months ago with an in­creased plu­ral­ity mind you, but nev­er­the­less a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment.

In con­ver­sa­tion with “ Talk­back,” Lau­zon said, “ Most po­lit­i­cal ob­servers say if we were to re­turn to the polls ba­si­cally the re­sult would be the same— we would have a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment. Pos­si­bly the Lib­er­als would have the mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment but still a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment.”

Some peo­ple per­haps are won­der­ing if the Con­ser­va­tives talk a good game but then do what they please. That has been sug­gested over the past 10 months. Now some pun­dits are won­der­ing about the “ con­ve­nient” Con­ser­va­tive-friendly se­nate ap­point­ments made re­cently, which is ex­actly what the Con­ser­va­tives ac­cused the Lib­er­als of prac­tic­ing years be­fore.

“ We were hop­ing the Lib­er­als would see that the Se­nate needed re­form­ing and we gave them ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. As a mat­ter of fact when Stephen Harper be­came the prime min­is­ter, he took the un­prece­dented act of go­ing to the se­nate to sug­gest they should have se­nate re­form. The Lib­er­als, in their wis­dom have de­cided not to co­op­er­ate with that,” said Lau­zon.

The MP points out that the gov­ern­ment has 11 jus­tice bills ap­proved through the House of Com­mons and 10 of them are be­ing held up in the Lib­eral-dom­i­nated Se­nate.

“ So the only way that we feel we can make Par­lia­ment work like it should be is through the elec­tion of more se­na­tors so that we can, in fact, have true se­nate re­form be­cause ev­ery

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