More to come (Or not- remember, big dreams, easily distracted), but a quick note:
Lui Temelkovski, as David Akin informs us, had the most votes of any Liberal.
And he lost.
A nailbiter, maybe. But, with more than 41% of the vote, he lost.
Draw conclusions from that as you will.
I like games, so let’s play one:
Let’s assume for the moment that Stephen Harper has his majority, and it is 6 months from today. Don’t panic! It’s just a game! Access to abortion, gay marriage are still around. But, that’s really the only conceit of this game. Everything else is as it is.
That means that the composition of the Senate is still largely the same. So, when Harper passes the exact (or perhaps
more draconian tougher) crime legislation as is being proposed now, the Senate is in just as much position to delay, examine, filibuster, or reject it.
Which is why the latest gambit in the election calling process is as ridiculous as ever, and should be called for what it is: a desperate and transparent attempt to justify dropping the writ as soon as possible. Remember, the only way an election will make the Senate more likely to play nicer on this issue is if it produces a government that doesn’t have the same affinity for mandatory minimum sentences and other crime fighting legislation that don’t actually stop crime. It’s a real shame that the CBC doesn’t call them on this, choosing instead to give a precis of the press conference.
Incidentally, none of this artifice would be necessary if the tories didn’t stupidly commit themselves to a fixed election date.