Is that all there is?

It has been quite a week in Ottawa. It appears Parliament will keep dancing, at least for a while. Today’s vote is obviously a victory for the Liberals, but it will be no easy task maintaining their government in such a divided house. The Conservatives will likely retreat to lick their wounds, at least until the next favorable poll or day of explosive testimony at the Gomery inquiry. As bad as this week has been for the Conservative Party it is many degrees worse for Stephen Harper whose list of political disappointments continues to grow. Today’s vote will likely not harm the Bloc support in Quebec, and should give the NDP another boost.

The vote today leaves many questions unanswered. Will civility return to the House? Will the Liberals work to earn the NDP’s continued support? Will Kilgour and Cadman get another opportunity in the spotlight before Paul Martin’s promised election early next year?

Stay tuned as the work of Canada’s 38th parliament continues!



  1. Sniggins said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 5:40 pm

    Agreeably, the commons vote on C-48 should go down as one of the most anti-climatic moments in Canadian history. As one who would have hoped it would fail I am slightly disappointed, if only to allow for the continuation of excitement in Canadian politics that recent events have produced.

    As for Harper, the greatest leader the Conservative Party of Canada has ever known (if only by default that he is the first and only) I would tend to agree that his days are numbered. But who would be suitable to take his place? All that comes to mind is Mr. MacKay, but he’s already had a kick at the can (which missed the can completely and resulted in landing him only second place). Personally I wouldn’t mind Ms. Ambrose, but I may be biased as she is my MP.

  2. William Penny said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 5:43 pm


    Answers are what Canadians want…and soon.

  3. Manatee said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 6:03 pm

    Sniggens, I would add Premier Lord to your list. I would also remind you that Mackay has won his only leadership race that I am aware of (he did not try for the leadership of the new party). The divisions that existed before the merger are at risk of rising again, and any future Conservative leadership race will almost certainly result in a leader unable to gain electoral victory without a Liberal self-destruction.

  4. Gnomes said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 7:26 pm

    I look forward to the election between the Stronach Liberals and the MacKay Conservatives.

  5. Sniggins said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 7:27 pm

    Manatee, I am mistaken, Peter MacKay did not run for Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (I am now not sure why I thought that), but was Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, giving up his leadership to Stephen Harper in the merger deal to become Stephen’s “Number One”, hence I am still correct from a certain point of view, even if initial I was not (Really, noone but Harper and MacKay had a chance at the Leadership position)

    I would somewhat disagree with Premier Lord as being a viable option; he is not very familiar to the base of the Conservative Party in the west. I would think that he is as viable as Premier Klein being an option, which would be quite entertaining. Then again Lords does open up the east to the Conservative Party. The problem is the mentality of the Conservative base which is primarily westerners wanting to gain power over the federal government.

    I can’t see how the Conservative party could allow self-destruction at this point. Even losing the vote today they are still the closest to forming a government as they have been in the last decade. With that said, if they can’t win the next election with Gomery they should really think of just giving up.

    Sniggins Out

  6. Sniggins said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 7:30 pm

    Gnomes – Indeed a Stronach v. MacKay election campaign would be very entertaining to say the least.

  7. Ronin said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 7:43 pm

    Sniggins…what do you mean when you say his “Number One,” are you referring to him being the second most recognizable MP for the Conservatives or are you merely referencing a once popular science fiction television show?

    Gnomes from previous posts I thought you were an ethical and morally minded person. It is a shock to see you doing exactly what you have tried to stop at this site by stating:

    I look forward to the election between the Stronach Liberals and the MacKay Conservatives

    I thought you would take the high road and avoid talking romance and instead talk politics.

  8. Sniggins said,

    Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 8:15 pm

    ronin – I’m not sure how you would make “second most recognizable” from the term “Number One”, He is in fact Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Second in Command, the proverbial XO, “Riker” if you will.

    As for gnomes comments: Ronin, lighten up. The comments were not derogatory to either of the people but made in jest at an unlikely situation based on known facts of thier romance.

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