Canadian politics, Stephanie Dion

Who’s the good Liberal? You’re the good Liberal, there, there boy…

I’ve been pretty busy this week and only today I looked up and noticed that the Liberals have once again aknowledged a piece of legislation was “regressive” but voted for it anyway – this time on changes to immigration policy that the Tories tried to jam through in their omnibus budget bill.

Has anyone kept track of how many times the Liberals have plugged their noses and voted for something they publicly stated they didn’t agree with because they are afraid of an election? Surely it’s getting to the point by now that thinking members of the Natural Self-Love Party are beginning to shift uncomfortably in their seats.

It’s even got me thinking that Jack Layton isn’t doing a half-bad job after all this time. I know, I know, it’s easy for the NDP to act like they’ve got little or nothing to lose because they have little or no chance of winning real power, but if the Liberals keep acting like they are afraid to lose, they will never win. Come over to the orange side, my Liberal friends, where the political manouvering is motivated by a desire for victory rather than a fear of defeat.

Fear can only take you so far, and well, you’re there already.

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3 thoughts on “Who’s the good Liberal? You’re the good Liberal, there, there boy…

  1. The likelihood of the Jack Layton being Prime Minister, and being expected (yeah, right)to make good on his rhetoric is indeed remote. However, the way things stand, for a *sane* person, the NDP are really the only way for community-concious Canadians to vote. If, for nothing else, but in lieu of a box on the ballot that actually says: “none of the above”.

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  2. Hey guess what? If enough people vote NDP, Jack Layton will be P.M. I always think it is funny when people say to vote for the NDP is a wasted vote. The most popular reason: Because they will never win government. It must be a myth perpetuated by the Liberal party. Because, who are we kidding the Liberals may be some people’s first choice but they are everybody else’s second choice. Conservatives would never vote NDP and NDP supporters would NEVER vote Conservative…. Graven seems a bit cynical about Layton’s ability to deliver but if the NDP are never given a chance we will never know what they are truly capable of doing.

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  3. The cynicism arises from his (Layton’s) propensity for flip-flopping on some issues. Besides, even IF he gets in, he still has to get everything he *may* want to do through the bureaucratic apparatus; and, that, coupled with the fiscal and logistical realities of the NDP’s wish list could very well be prohibitive. I’d love for him to win… I just doubt he will.

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