A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Friday, February 09, 2007

You can't have it both ways.

From CTV, February 9th, 2007:

OTTAWA -- The Conservative government was accused of preparing a quasi "coup d'etat" after suggesting Friday it might ignore an upcoming Commons vote to respect the Kyoto accord.

...The Liberal who authored the bill said ignoring it would amount to a "coup d'etat" and would trigger a constitutional crisis -- but the government discarded such suggestions....

...The bill's sponsor says the government has only two options if the bill is adopted in a final Commons vote next week, then passed by the Senate.

"It either has to respect Kyoto -- or call an election," said Pablo Rodriguez, a Liberal MP from Montreal.

He dismissed suggestions that the government might simply ignore the bill. Senior government officials sent out talking points to journalists Friday calling the bill "useless" and "powerless."

"They can't (ignore it)," Rodriguez said.

"It's almost launching a coup d'etat -- to say: 'I don't care what the Commons says; I don't care what the Senate says; I don't care what all of Parliament says; I'll do what I want. I'm the new king of Canada.'
"You can't do that."....

..."It's not something any government could ignore. It's that simple," said Stewart Elgie, a professor at the University of Ottawa.

"If they didn't (comply) they'd be breaking the law. One presumes the federal cabinet will follow the law. If they didn't follow the law, someone could take them to court and get a court order."...

From CTV, May 10th, 2005:

..."The Parliamentary squabbling continued Thursday after the Liberals brushed aside a motion meant to dismantle the minority government in a matter of weeks.

On Thursday, the Speaker of the House endorsed a Conservative Party effort to hold a vote of confidence in the government by May 18.

The Tory-sponsored motion asked the Commons Finance committee "to recommend that the government resign."

But House Leader Tony Valeri shrugged it off, saying the motion is only a procedural matter that has no binding effect on the government and that the Liberals would not step down from power if it should pass.

"There is no non-confidence motion," Valeri said after the House speaker ruled the motion to be in order. "This is merely an instruction to a committee."...

From CBC, November 23rd, 2005

..."On Monday, federal MPs passed an NDP motion that called on Martin to dissolve Parliament in January for a Feb. 13 election.

The Liberals opted to ignore the non-binding motion, painting it as an attempt by the opposition parties to avoid aggravating voters by forcing a holiday election."...

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