Thursday, November 10, 2005
I have nothing to say about Jack Layton's bizarre plan to wrap up the business of Parliament and then have an election call in January, for a February vote. To me it doesn't look like a show of strength against the Liberals' corruption when you have a party like the NDP waffling on election timing. For another, the idea sounds unconstitutional and it even sounds like it depends on the Liberals' cooperation. Fat hope that will happen! What this proposal really looks like is an ingenious attempt by the NDP to blame any Christmas election, if it gets called, squarely on the Liberals. The NDP will be able to say "we tried to avoid it, look what good guys we were, trying to get a February election, but the Liberals won't go for it." The other thing is that there may be other procedural tricks that the opposition has at its disposal to affect election timing, such as adjourning the House to a later date. Methinks there is more to this bizarre Layton proposal than meets the eye. This is far from the end of the story, here.
Posted by John Cairns at 8:59 PM