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