17 June 2009

Maybe he should be asking...

...what's behind door number three? --

“How did the Official Opposition fail Canadians so badly? Did Michael Ignatieff get steamrolled or does he just agree with Harper’s policies?”
Hmmm...
Yup... "just visiting."

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RELATED: Another CTV poll goes horribly wrong
"Who comes out looking better after the 'deal' that averted a summer election?"
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LAST WORD: Iggy just phones it in
The Liberal leader defended the lack of specific agreement on isotopes, saying, "I've done my job, which is to go to the prime minister and say to him on behalf of Canadians 'You've got to have a plan, it has to be public, you have to tell Canadians what you're telling me.'"
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11 comments:

langmann said...

Quick answer: he agrees with Harper's policies.

Back when I said I thought Iggy might cross over the the conservative side, I didn't think he would take his entire party with him....

In sum total reality it really appears as if Canada is governed by the media. I mean, does anyone seriously think we'd have all this deficit spending if the media hadn't made it sound like it was the only answer?

Neo Conservative said...

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"langmann asks... does anyone seriously think we'd have all this deficit spending if the media hadn't made it sound like it was the only answer?"

you only have to watch the left-leaning television news every night... to know how plausible that proposition is.

they don't call 'em sheeple for nothin'.

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jwkozak91 said...

You've been steamrolled like vareniki dough, Count Mikhail Yurievich.

(vareniki: Russian perogies)

Anonymous said...

I'm upset that Harper had to compromise. If we're so prepared for an election, why didn't we let one happen? The news media is only focusing on Ignatieff right now and how he got something out of it. I'm discouraged at Harper's performance so far. Hopefully, our poll numbers will improve over the summer.

hunter said...

Anon,explain how Harper had to compromise? He gave the Liberals nothing, except a committee.

Neo Conservative said...

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i think langmann has this one nailed. perception is reality... and agressive push media shapes perception.

the media constrains all political behaviour to some extent. it's messed up, but we all better get used to it.

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Anonymous said...

He may not have gave the Liberals exactly what they were hoping to get but he did open the door to changing EI with a specific point of looking at fixing the issue of national eligibility (something he said only weeks ago he would never do). He also moved up their opposition day to September thus giving them the power to bring him down at the best opportunity. What did Harper get? Support for the summer.

Patsplace said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm upset that Harper had to compromise.

I don't think that he had to compromise at all. He was speaking of bringing Self Employed folks into the UIC program, which is completely different from a 45 day year. No compromise that I can see. It just seems that Iggy got on board with PMSH.

Alberta Girl said...

"He may not have gave the Liberals exactly what they were hoping to get but he did open the door to changing EI with a specific point of looking at fixing the issue of national eligibility (something he said only weeks ago he would never do)."

By doing a "study" - so let me get this straight.

The committee meets - the blue ribbon liberals all clamor for a 360 hour change; the tories all say it's not going to happen.

In the end, Stephen Harper is still Prime Minister and still gets to make the final decision.

This so called "win" of yours simply bought the economy some time to continue to recover - something I am sure Iggy won't see as a win.

So other than getting Iggy out of a pickle and saving him a little bit of face, just how does this come out looking like the Liberals "got what they wanted".

BTW - what about the other three pressing questions Iggy had. They seem to have disappeared.

Neo Conservative said...

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this is purely politics... there will be no substantive change here.

of course, ctv and cbc will try to spin this as iggy "saving" canadians from knuckle-draggin' neocon stephen harper... so it is a win for fiberals in that one sense.

again... see langmann on media-driven perception at the top.

in actual fact... it's simply steffi all over again.

sometimes you just have to choke back the vomit and move on.

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langmann said...

Exactly neo. They will spin it to make it look like Iggy did something.

I was impressed to see Don Martin actually call it like it was, Iggy making a big whine without any real compromise made.