Thursday, May 12, 2005

Parliament Adjourned a Second Time in Two Days

For the second time in as many days the opposition has shut down Parliament. Today, with a vote of 152-144, a motion to adjourn Parliament was passed which closed the House of Commons. The message of these votes is clear. The majority of the House has lost confidence in the minority liberals and no longer feels they have the moral authority to govern.

These back to back adjournments come on the heels of a vote of non-confidence that also passed two days ago. The minority liberal government ignored the result of that vote and is continuing to hold on to power any way it can. Prime Minister Paul Martin has said he will hold a budget vote on May 19 and his government will recognize that vote as one of non-confidence. The opposition has already said that this is not good enough.

Paul Martin has used the last few weeks to spend the taxpayer’s money wildly to retain power. The liberal finance minister added $4.6 billion in spending to the budget to buy the 19 votes of the socialist NDP. In total the liberals have announced almost $23 billion in spending promises to buy votes from the public. The Prime Minister himself has been crisscrossing the nation, signing deals and giving pre-election speeches and photo opportunities at the taxpayer’s expense. Next week the Queen will be visiting Canada and Paul Martin will again use the opportunity to get free pre-election exposure.

The events of the last three days in Parliament make it clear that the liberals have lost the moral authority to govern. They have lost one vote of non-confidence and two votes of adjournment.

Past precedent dictates that the minority liberals have a moral obligation to call a vote of non-confidence immediately. In 2001 when the Saskatchewan government lost a vote on a supply bill, they immediately introduced a vote of non-confidence to test their moral authority to govern. Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson also lost a supply vote and immediately called a vote of non-confidence in 1968. In both cases the incumbent government won the vote, yet this liberal government dodges its constitutional responsibility to ensure it has the confidence of Parliament.

The desperation of this minority liberal government is becoming more obvious with each passing day.


At 12:30 p.m., Blogger Canadi-anna said...

The Liberals don't have a moral compass, so you can't count on them doing what is right in any circumstances.
I fear this is all going to play badly for the Conservatives.

At 3:44 p.m., Anonymous 905 Tory said...

Hey Mike!

It seems that the Liberals are blinded to the fact that in a democracy the will of the people is expressed through their elected representatives. How many times haven't we heard Liberals say, "Canadians want Parliament to work," or, "Canadians don't want an election." They seem to be forgetting that the will of Canadians is not expressed through dubious Ipsos-Reid polls, nor is it determined by one person or party, but the will of Canadians in a democratic government is expressed through their elected MPs (the majority of whom have lost confidence in this government).

That's "Democracy 101" as far as I'm concerned.

At 5:40 p.m., Blogger McGuire said...

But you see the Liberals care nothing for democracy, only for staying in power by any means necessary & if that means exploiting the cancer of 2 MP's & sending troops into dangerous war zones to do it, they will

At 5:40 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...


Rally in Ottawa:

Monday May 16th at 1:00pm
Parliament Hill
Take Back the Hill!

"We need a huge crowd to get our message across. PLEASE spread the word, and help us make a powerful statement for democracy!"

At 6:31 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh...I am also worried. re:Conservative&BQ alliance to end this joke called parliament.Rest assured,the "L" campaign will use this
to "fear monger"us to death. IMHO, this election campaign will be explosive(beyond the Gomery inquiry).The organized crime element in La Belle Province WILL be an issue,judiciary included. The little street fighter from Shawinigan?Canada would have been a better country today without him.Paul Martin?Peter Principle applies

At 11:10 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GG's role in the next week should be interesting. Unfortunately, I think the Byng-King precedent, as well as the Australian precedent of 1974, favor Martin's plan for a Thursday nonconfidence vote. Details here:

At 7:03 p.m., Anonymous Paul Prowse said...

With all this talk abou LIBERAL corruption. What about Germant Grewal? The Conservative MP that was found to have been charging his constituents a $50,000 to process their immigaration claims? If Stephen Harper is SO serious about fighting corruption, why hasn't he taken disciplinary action against his MP?


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