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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Dumb, dumb, dumb (did I mention dumb)

From the Star, I see that the Conservative Party is willing to support the NDP brokered budget (with $4.5 billion in extra social spending vs. the original Liberal budget) in return for a delay on passage of same-sex marriage legislation.

Says house leader Jay Hill, "(One) primary concern of ours is that we get out of the spring session with C-38 [the gay marriage bill] not progressing further,"

I have this memory, from not too long ago, of Stephen Harper referring to the budget amendments as a 'deal with the devil'.

And I believe the Conservatives support civil unions with equal rights for gay couples.

And it seems to me that gays are already getting married in many provinces.

So it is so vitally important for the good of the country to prevent the federal government from formalizing the already widely existing ability of gay people to use the word 'marriage' when describing their civil unions that it's worth supporting a 'deal with the devil'?

This is their number one priority?

I had originally figured that, based on their actions, the Conservative party slogan for the next election was going to be: 'Vote Conservative - We Dare You'. But maybe instead they are going to go with: 'Gay marriage: Worse than a deal with the devil' -
It's kind of catchy...

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5 Comments:

  • The Conservatives have been shooting themselves not only in their feet, but their arms and gonads over the past couple of months. When they were handed Paul Martin's head on a silver platter, they completely blew it.

    The next election, the Conservatives will be lucky to keep 15 seats in Ontario (they have 23/106 right now). Harper has been doing a piss poor job, and has been flip-flopping more than JOHN KERRY which is absolutely killing the party's credibility.

    By Anonymous Sacha, at 7:46 PM  

  • I suspect the Conservatives will keep their 23 Ontario seats (give or take a few) but then my recent record of electoral predictions isn't too good.

    The fact that the Conservatives have been able to keep some traditionally quite conservative Ontario ridings in Liberal hands for going on 15 years now is a pretty impressive achievement - if one was trying not to form a government, anyway.

    By Blogger Declan, at 8:39 AM  

  • I can't tell what Harper stands for anymore. He is all over with the budget. HArsh criticsm preceds agreement. It is bizarre. BTW, where does Harper stand on private healthcare? Who knows. And if he announces a position he will change it to adopt the Liberal poistion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:27 PM  

  • We're not going to vote in favour of the NDP budget. We're simply not going to debate it ad nauseum and force session to extend into the summer.

    By Blogger The Hack, at 4:22 PM  

  • "We're not going to vote in favour of the NDP budget. We're simply not going to debate it ad nauseum and force session to extend into the summer."

    tom8o tom@o.

    Trying to prolong a debate was the only hope the Conservatives had for stopping the budget so if they are agreeing to a vote then they might as well be supporting it.

    Unless they were really just delaying the budget in the hopes of not getting to the same sex marriage bill before summer, in which case the point about their priorities still stands.

    Perhaps the only point of the deal was that MP's wanted to get home for summer break on time.

    By Blogger Declan, at 4:51 PM  

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