February 12, 2007

Part 1 in a Series

So we all know that Prime Minister Cartman and Jean Charest are pals. With an election call expected in Quebec a week from today, Jean Charest has to prove the federation functions and he picked an interesting area for the announcement, his own hometown of Sherbrooke.

Charest is safe in his riding and the MNAs in the surrounding area will also get re-elected easily. Today’s announcement was simple,

“Prime Minister Cartman delivered what Paul Martin and Stephane Dion did not.”

It’s bull shit!

but…

You see, technically. They are correct. The Liberal Plan was to involve every part of the country, and get these programs in action. Quebec sought money to operate federal programs in Quebec. Dion refused cuz it’s not like the emissions respect provincial boundaries and the money would be better spent nationally.

But we cannot forget the Conservative motto:

Never let the truth get in the way of a good argument.

Whenever the Charest government attacked the Tories on the environment, it was about the 320 million dollars the federal government was supposed to spend in Quebec for these programs. Now, a week away from an election, in an area where the Tories are expected to clean up on very weak Bloc MPs in the area, comes news that Cartman delivered with big smiles from Charest and the PLQ.

The Tories delivering on the environment in Quebec?

You have got to be joking. I will analyse the news coverage of the announcement. Is the federalist branch of the Quebec media, one week from an election, gonna call the Harper bluff?

Methinks no.

This is a dry run for the fiscal imbalance announcement to come sometime in Quebec City next month. The Tories are already eating away at Bloc support and have nearly doubled their support in the province to approach January 2006 levels.

This is part 1 in the series. Something tells me we will not be given the option of changing the channel…

10 Commentaires:

Blogger PhillyC a dit...

Don't be so disrespectful about Harper's weight. Do you have any class?

2/12/2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

The Cartman reference is to his attitude phil.

As a fat person, I dont go throwing the word around

2/12/2007 6:08 PM  
Blogger lance a dit...

Phillyc, it isn't Antonio's fault. He's been accused of being anti-Liberal, so you see, there really is no alternative.

That and maybe, just maybe, Antonio is just a little upset that everything (save the leadership) he's been warning the Liberals about since the summer has come true.

It has to be a little annoying that when Antonio talks about how the CPC are positioned to move on the fiscal imbalance, prominent liberal bloggers are still asking if he means vertical or horizontal and how it doesn't really exist.

Perhaps, given the crap he's put up with the last while from his own party, Antonio is feeling a little bit like the proverbial messenger.

But then, I can't speak for Antonio.

Cheers,
lance

2/12/2007 6:14 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

lance are you saying if we lose they are gonna shoot me?

2/12/2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

Besides everyone knows Cartman isn't fat, he's big boned.

2/12/2007 6:37 PM  
Blogger lance a dit...

Heh, well, yeah, that's the messenger I was talking about. Although I don't think you need to worry. Gun registry and all that.

Cheers,
lance

2/12/2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger andrewridgeley a dit...

Dead on.

Harper has singled out Stéphane Dion and the Liberal leader’s refusal to acknowledge the existence of the fiscal imbalance is going to go from unnerving to plain embarassing. Charest has called out André Boisclair and the chef du Parti Québécois is going to marginalize himself when he runs out of talking points with the fiscal imbalance and the environment taken off the table.

We Liberals aren't losing to Harper, we have a leader who is yet to even step onto the court and play ball with him. If we can't do better than this, or better than whining 'we did it first,' Stephen Harper is going to be in power longer than Queen Victoria was.

2/12/2007 10:35 PM  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

If you are referring to his attitude, and not his weight, then forget my last comment. However, a Cartman reference not dealing with weight seems outlandish...

2/13/2007 2:34 AM  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

"The Tories are already eating away at Bloc support and have nearly doubled their support in the province to approach January 2006 levels."

If one is to believe recent polls, the above statement is misleading.

Conservative numbers are back to where they were last election.

It is the Liberals who have mounted an incredible come back in Quebec at the expense of the BQ since Dion's leadership.

Thus good news for both federalist parties in the period you refer to but even greater news for the Liberals since 2005.

The challenge is now increasing these numbers to achieve winnable ridings.

2/13/2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

westmount Liberal

I said "approach January 2006 levels."

you said "Conservative numbers are back to where they were last election."

I am misleading?

Considering Tories were at 12% in Quebec during the leadership race, where is what I said wrong?

We were at 29% the day before we chose Dion. We are at 29% now.

Tories were at 12% BQ at 48%

Now its tories 24% BQ 40%

Numbers from SES

2/13/2007 2:19 PM  

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