“We’ve considered the question and we think the right way to go here is to reappoint Michaëlle Jean.”Now:
So Mr. Ignatieff, which is it? The "right way" or "an ideal choice"?
“I want to congratulate David Johnston for his appointment as Canada’s 28th Governor General.
“David Johnston’s dedication to learning and innovation – which are essential to Canada’s success – combined with his legal expertise the constitutional knowledge makes him an ideal choice for Governor General."
As much as I'm not a fan of summer polls, especially from Ekos (Greens above 11% my ass), is it any wonder Liberal support has dipped below 25%?
Good timing, because of Senators picking apart the budget bill, the Conservatives are now ready to "rock and roll" for a fall election.
[Conservative Senator and campaign manager, Doug] Finley said he's hopeful senators will eventually bow to the will of the elected Commons, which has already approved the bill. But if they don't, he said: "Let's dance."Now being the Bob Rae/PowerCorp conspirator theorist that I am, I believe the Rae Liberals will help trigger an election somehow, and cut their losses. Then Ignatieff will step down but stay on as an MP (if he wins). Regardless of that though, he'll continue his abysmal attendance record (307th worst) but then announce he's not running again and will return to Harvard. It's obvious Ignatieff has no passion for being an MP, only PM.
"We're ready to go to an election if we have to. The buses, the planes, the trains, the money, the boardroom — everything's ready to rock and roll," said Finley.
"We're in good shape for an election."
With Jack Layton's health in question, although he'll likely run come a fall election as there's no time for the Dippers to have a leadership race. Afterward though, Jack may step down, and some Dippers may be more comfortable with merging with the Liberals. Then let the Liberal Democrat merger/coalition massively ramp up with Bob Rae being "the great uniter".
Surely many soft Liberals supporters won't stick around and while some will migrate to the Conservatives, don't be surprised at Green numbers rising and a push to oust Elizabeth May who will once again lose against a Conservative cabinet minister, Gary Lunn, in BC.
If the Conservatives win a majority this fall, the Liberal leadership race will take a year or two, and Bob Rae will want that to happen, to ensure he's 'democratically elected', unlike his old roommate, to legitimize his support within the party. The big question of course will be the merger, because nothing else will really be supported. If any other Liberal leadership candidate comes forward against a merger, say Dominic LeBlanc, Gerard Kennedy, Martin Couchon, or heck, even a Justin Trudeau, will they be able to unite the Liberals again.
For the NDP, if Thomas Muclair gets reelected, he has a good shot at becoming the next NDP leader. And if he's anti-merger, then nothing will change. If Muclair doesn't win, then who knows will emerge. Regardless, the Harper Conservatives will enjoy more time in government while the new opposition party leaders get their feet wet and try to win the trust of Canadians.
All of this news is good for Conservatives and don't think Harper hasn't thought out all of the scenarios in his continued long-game to replace the Liberals as the natural governing party of Canada.