Thursday, March 04, 2010

Liberals will not vote to bring down the government over budget

Micheal Ignatieff, in a somewhat cryptic response today, said that the Liberals would not vote to bring down the government over the budge, at least not all of them..........

Is anyone really surprised?

What does have me wondering though is just how does Ignatieff plan to control which Liberals will vote to support the budget and which will vote against the budget. Is he whipping his caucus both ways? Does he have to pre-approve how his MP's will vote? If too many want to vote one way will he force others to vote differently than they had intended? Or is it just going to be a free for all with Ignatieff just hoping that the vote goes the way he wants it to go.

Leadership Ignatieff style equals more questions than answers.


CanadianSense said...

Bob Rae and Donolo must be calling the shots.

MI was brought in to help fundraise in the champagne circuit.

His annointment has failed to become the second coming of P.E.T.

I think the inner circle are at a loss of what do next, risk an election and give Harper his majority.

Janine Krieber was correct about the infighting and self-immolation at Lib HQ.

With the economy firing on cylinders the past few months our Finance Minister was falling asleep in QP.

Now with his "do-nothing" budget EAP in year two, they want the gov't to stop beating them over the head with tax funded PR.

The whining, protestations is funny to witness. Four years and they can't get their act together.

The_Iceman said...

I suppose it is possible that Iggy could "accidently" trigger an election and claim that it was not their intent, but I doubt it. I would suspect that the Rae camp wants to force an election to get Iggy out and his move today was a push back. Sometimes in some situations, it is best not to listen to the people who stand to benefit the most from your demise.

Ardvark said...

A severe outbreak of the Liberal flu is upcoming I suspect.

Stephane Dion redux.

CanadianSense said...

I agree with Iceman Bob and his team are getting impatient with MI's team and lack of deliverables.

Denis Coderre, Nancy Charest making direct challenges to the leader.

Bob meeting with fellow MP's than leaving for an overseas trip, Angelo Perischilli getting attacked by fellow pundits in the media for exposing the Liberal retirement planning for MI.

MI has been circling the wagons with loyal MP's.
Who is left?

Anonymous said...

Iggy has to go.

He has been leader for over a year now and the Libs. still cannot respond with authority to the budget.The NDP and PQ have already said no. Iggy once again has to allow the Cons. to continue governing.

Iggy..your time is up.

Anonymous said...

Iggy is putting Mr. Harper on double secret probation.

wilson said...

The most important Liberal MPs will get to vote against the budget:
Quebec Liberals first
All the wanna-be leader candidates from the B Team
Danny's gang
The rest are nobodies and will be assigned a seat or hallway duty.

Ardvark said...

Ignatieff telling certain Liberal MP's to not show up to do their job and vote. How undemocratic is that?

It puts that entire prorogation outrage into perspective doesn't it.

No doubt our Canadian MSM will be all over that in the next couple of days. Yeah, right.

wilson said...

Only leaders that are 'elected' are subject to media attack for abuse of democracy....
unelected leaders get a free pass

Bare Butt Bob doesn't want to lead the LPC,
he wants to lead the coalition.

His last and ONLY chance is if the next election is another Conservative minority AND elected LibDippers combined out number the Cons...then it is game on.

gimbol said...

Already knew something like this would happen as soon as I heard Jack got out to the press scrum first.
Its a simple process.
In a minority situation, the last ops leader to respond is put in the position of being the one that will trigger an election if they vote against.
Jack knows this.
Gilles knows this.
Harper knows this.
Iggy seems to not grasp this at all, and like his predecessor gets caught like a deer in the headlights.
Now the media will start the election watch, and Iggy will be nervously watching over his shoulder.

Anonymous said...

Iggy will feign resistance to being replaced as leader of the Liberals, but what is more important to Professor Puffin is retaining his seat as an MP until January 23rd, 2012 in order to qualify for an MP's pension.

Next coronation will be for Rae Daze.


Anonymous said...

March-May 2011 will Iffy be thrown under the bus?

Or earlier?


arctic_front said...

wouldn't it be friggin' funny if Harper had a few CPC MP's get the flu as well.. say just one less than is required to pass the budget? How would that play out in the minds of the public?

He could force Iggy to stand up for an election. Iggy goes down in a smoldering hole in the ground.. Harper says "Next?" and we carry on.

It may be far-fetched, but we can dream. I'd personally love to see the look on Iggy's face when the votes were counted on a confidence motion. He'd have some 'splaining to do.