In the same way that Harper and whoever told him to wear this nonsense believed that he would fool people into thinking that he was a real good old boy from Calgary, he Harper, would also have us believe that he meant it when he set an American style term of office. Sorry, I meant to say election date.
That assertion was BS then and it's BS now. The Con's and some of their media supporters tout themselves as being strategic geniuses. In fact, this government seems to be in the business of producing much ado about nothing. Everything they put out and speak to is either phoney, specious or an out and out lie.
On this particular issue, going to the GG to fell the government, well it's just too transparent. A government hell bent on defeating itself has something to hide in my view.
But some constitutional experts say such a move would conflict with a federal law passed last year setting fixed-election dates. Under the law, which was introduced by the Harper government, the next federal election is slated for October, 2009, unless the opposition parties defeat the government before then.
"One could make a very strong argument to the Governor General to refuse his request because he's violating his own law," said Errol Mendes, a professor of constitutional and international law at the University of Ottawa.
An attempt to force an election would also violate the constitutional principle of Senate independence, noted Mendes. The Commons has no authority to compel the Senate to pass legislation, he said.
"Confidence motions are basically about the government of the day retaining the confidence of the House, not the Senate. It has nothing to do with the Senate, which is why there has never in the history of Canada been a motion such as this."
I hope the budget they produce is innocuous and one that we can let pass. Yes I know the NDP will accuse us of what nought but the more exposure of the inability of this government to do anything right is warranted in my view. Keep them in power just little bit longer and Canada will see who they are.
Harper, etal, has now shown that is what they fear, so let's give them that.
I know I've said we should go for an election now, but a little more time just might expose these morons fully. Canadians only now seem to be removing the scales from their eyes, (gawd was that a biblical reference?, lol), so let's help them in that painful endeavor. We can ease the pain by taking it a bit more slowly. In doing so, Canadians might just see what a sham this government is.