I’ve been lamenting lately the LPC’s lack of communications acumen. Well, to give them credit, I think they came up with a great way to expose Stephen Harper’s posturing and chest thumping when it comes to that ridiculous and unconstitutional force the Senate to pass the crime bill motion, which came to a vote today:
The Liberals have walked out of the Commons en masse rather than vote on a government motion demanding that the Senate to pass an omnibus crime bill by March 1.
In their absence, the motion passed easily, 172-27.
Stephane Dion led his caucus out of the chamber before the vote began.
The government said it considered the vote a matter of confidence, meaning its defeat would have toppled the government and triggered an election.
The Liberals have dismissed the vote as a political stunt, pointing out that the Commons has no say in how the Senate conducts its business.
If they’d just voted yes it’s a minor story quickly forgotten. If they'd abstained but stayed in their seats, dido. But now all the coverage will centre on the walkout, and the coverage will have to explain why they walked out: because it was a meaningless motion of no force and effect that had nothing to do with fighting crime and everything to do with political posturing by the Harper Conservaitives.
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