Monday, May 17, 2010

The Coalition is dead. Long live the Coalition!

In the aftermath of the recent UK election resulting in a new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, Liberals and NDP in Canada have been saying, "See!  Coalitions DO work.  They don't even do minority governments there."

Well hold on a sec...  I read former Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella's blog posts regularly.  Let us go through the logic here.

Today Kinsella posted:

This is now. 
That was then. 
Key message: if Stephen Harper’s Reformatories do it, it’s okay. If anyone else does it, it’s Satanic.

No, it's not clear.  Kinsella is referring to his own speech given at the Alberta Liberal Convention in Calgary where he talks about getting together with the NDP.

The "This is now" link above refers to Conservative strategists lambasting the Liberals for considering the coalition idea again, as they should. 

Now keep in mind that the FORMAL coalition between the Liberals and NDP had support from the Bloc Quebecois until June 2010.  A letter to the Governor General was signed by them in a request to to basically hand over the reigns of government to them, with Stephane Dion as Prime Minister and NDP would have cabinet posts.  While a coaliton government such as this is totally legal and constitutional, the point is that the Canadian voter was NEVER presented with this option going into the election, so many Canadians felt cheated, which is why polls for the Conservatives went up considerably after that.  Oh, and you know who else signed that letter? One Michael Ignatieff.

In the "That was then" link, Warren stretches out back in history to when Stockwell Day was leader of the Canadian Alliance. You know, before the Conservative Party existed and before Stephen Harper was even on the scene as a potential leader, let alone prime minister.  Yeah, yeah, we know Stock is cabinet now, but it's obvious here Warren's "Reformatories" moniker is slapping shit together from different piles to try and make it stick. Nice try.

(Should I mention that Warren's old boss, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, had discussions with former NDP leader Ed Broadbent to kickstart the coalition negotiations?  Ok, there, I did.)

And one such pile is when Liberals and NDP say "How can you be against a coalition when you did it yourself!", referring to the time that when in opposition, the Conservatives, NDP, and Bloc voted non-confidence in the government, which sparked an election.

Key message:  When Liberals, NDP, and Separatists do it, they want to be an instant government without voters deciding. When Conservatives do it, they want to trigger an election and let the voters decide.


Long live the Coalition!


Anonymous said...

Kinsella deliberately leaves out the issue of credibility. The coalition formed by the Libs last year fell apart at the first sign of resistance. It lasted literally just hours and was created quickly to try and grab power before Canadians had a chance to react.

Not only that,the Libs turfed that leader as well. The coalition was exposed for what it was. Fraud.

wilson said...

If I remember correctly, PMSH did go into 'consultations' with NDP and BLOC in the event the Martin minority govt fell.
No seats in cabinet, no seppies in the Senate.
But there were 'consultations' to avoid an election.

Jack backed out and was temporarily satisfied with a few billion for programs from the Martin govt;
and then there was Belinduh.
In hindsight, both Jack backing out and Belinduh crossing the floor were a good thing for the CPC.

So what does it prove?
That PMSH did not offer Jack enough and Dion was willing to go all the way.
Jack's support was up for sale to the highest bidder, and still is.

wilson said...

in the Brit election, Clegg the very small party acting as kingmaker, was offered everything they asked for, from Brown's Labour party.

But Clegg chose to form govt with the Conservatives.
Even tho they offered the least, Clegg said the party with the most votes and seats DESERVES TO GOVERN.

Experts said a coalition of losers would have been rejected by the public
(sound familiar eh Kinsella?)