Friday, December 5, 2008

The Three Stooges

pro·rogue, 1. To discontinue a session of (a parliament, for example).
2. To postpone; defer.

The Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, has agreed to prorogue parliament until the end of January 2009. During our recent Federal Election here in Canada on October 14th, Stéphane Dion, the leader of the Liberal Party in Canada, lost by such a whomping amount, it was suggested he should resign as leader of the party. Under Dion’s leadership, the Liberal Party of Canda lost 26 seats in the House of Commons, down from 103, and they got only 26.2 percent of the popular vote. On October 20th, Dion announced his resignation as leader of the Libertal Party. Now, like a snake in the grass, he is manouvering a way to take over as Prime Minister of Canada. The three opposition parties have formed a coalition, hoping to oust Stephen Harper. It's all just politics. The Liberals and NDP reached a deal to topple the current government and form a coalition government, with support from the Bloc Québécois, the separatist party. In the agreement, Dion would have been the interim Prime Minister, maintaining that he would step down in May 2009 so they could elect his successor.

Yah, ... right...

I personally don’t want a coalition government here in Canada, and especially not with Larry, Curly and Moe Stéphane, Gilles and Jack running the country. And I certainly don’t want another election. I guess that’s the peril of having a minority government. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? I'm not particularly a supporter of Stephen Harper or the Conservative government, but in this instance I don't trust these three Stooges.

This video is a typical day in Canadian parliament, and believe me, things are never boring here in boring old Canada.

9 comments:

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Interesting that Albertans, angry because their home boy, Prime Minister Harper was squelched, now want to emulate the canny Gilles Duceppe and try to separate from Ottawa as well.
Tiny group, actually. But suddenly Alberta Separatists....Hey, some of the actually admit liking Quebec's Duceppe. He is, in fact likeable and very, very smart...
And a smooth dancer. Almost seduced a female CBC reporter by ignoring her question and taking her to the dance floor, where he seemed a regular Fred Astaire.

Hey what kind of a name is Astaire.
Hee. Sounds French.
But I don't think I'd go to an Alberta saloon and say I like Gilles Duceppe right now. Parliament is still, and so, probably will you be when a redneck
lays one on you.

Bobbie said...

I love your cartoon of Dion! It was an interesting week in Canadian politics indeed!

I, for one, am glad that Parliament was prorogued. I'm not against coalition governments, but the pact those three made scared me. Maybe when the House resumes on Jan 26th, cooler heads will prevail and the budget will be one that is acceptable to all parties. In these times of economic uncertainty, we need the leaders of all the parties to work together, not fight like little children in the sandbox.

Enjoy your weekend, Jo!

the walking man said...

While I understand parliamentary democracy and how it is supposed to work this smacks so much of good old American power hunger.

Not for love of nation but for support of self.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Wouldn't it be nice if a television show much like Survivor came out, only the contestants were all politicians. We could watch them jockey for position, and all for the sake of entertainment.

Firefly said...

Politics... a circus of its own. We have out own political intruges going on in SA. The ANC who has had a 2/3's majority at the last national elections has changed hands so to say. The previous president Thabo Mbeki and his followers were all ousted at the last ANC party congress and Jacob Zuma and his cronies took over. Now Mbeki's followers (not him himself yet though) have broken away and formed their own party. Thet may not quite topple the ANC in next year's general election, but they may just cause them to loose their 2/3 majority and swing around some power in SA.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I have always been a Liberal supporter but I am now rooting for Harper because what Dion is trying to do is bad for democracy and bad for Canada.

Russell said...

I don't know a thing about Canadian politics. But I do know a little bit about the Three Stooges.

I think I will watch the Stooges and let you Canadians work out the issues with the fellow who plays the Harp, the woman Jean who sings that Beatle's song, Michelle, and that Dion fellow who sings Runaround Sue with the Bellmonts!

What? Oh.... well, never mind...!

Leslie: said...

Never have Canadian politics been such a topic of conversation. My sentiments are exactly the same as yours. AND I'm sick of having a PM would can't even speak English!

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