OK, not really. Stephane Dion did meet with Stephen Harper today in Ottawa, if for no other reason than to see if there's any way he'll be able to jimmy his couch in through the front door next month, or if they'll need to take off the legs first.
The meeting went exactly as you'd think. Stephen Harper asked Dion to pinky-swear the Liberals will never, ever defeat him. Dion said we can't do that, we'll look at each bill you present on its merits. That wasn't good enough for Harper, naturally, so it's likely to an election we go.
Besides making the point quite well that Harper's demand for a blank check is “a joke” and defining what some of the election issues will be, I thought Dion make a good point on the by-elections. He made the point that Harper only had to call three by-elections, he had lots of time before he had to call Don Valley West:
Sunday he called a fourth (by-election) in Don Valley West, and then on Monday he started talking about a general election. I asked him what happened during that night to ask supporters to work a whole summer, to use the taxpayers' money, for nothing. But I didn't get an answer.
What did suddenly change? Did Parliament suddenly stop functioning overnight? Is there a reason why Harper wanted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a by-election he didn't have to call when he knew he would be pre-empting it with a general election?
Actually, there is. He doesn't care about wasting taxpayer dollars. Not if he can force the Liberals to expend financial resources on a by-election that will never happen. It's all part of his plan to destroy us and what not, just ask Tom Flanagan. But that's another post.
So, by this time next week we'll be in an election. Let the games begin. I'm looking forward to it, and I like our chances. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers