Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Liberals should do the responsible thing and let the budget live...

Since the tumultuous days of late November/early December, I've grown less and less enthusiastic about the idea of a Liberal-NDP coalition government in Ottawa, backed by the Bloc Quebecois. Many friends and family members contacted me during that period to express their outrage at the prospect of Stephane Dion, having been so thoroughly trounced at the polls, seizing power with the help of the NDP and the sovereigntists.

Since Michael Ignatieff's ascendancy to the Liberal leadership, the Canadian public has not warmed much to the idea of a new coalition taking over in Ottawa.

Today, we've got a fairly decent budget that puts Canada in line with other G-8 countries in terms of combatting the economic downturn. We've got the Prime Minister on the run. Why would Liberals vote down this budget and attempt to take power now?

It's possible, should the government be defeated over this budget, that the Governor-General could ask the coalition to form a government. Then the Liberal Party would wear this recession and all the downsides of being in cahoots with the NDP and the BQ. Suddenly, Grit times would be tough times.

As there is a little something for everybody in this budget, I expect that the vast majority of Canadians will support it. Forcing an election now over this would be dangerous, as would the alternative of forming a coalition government. I say the Liberals should let this budget (with amendments) live and prepare for an election later in the year.

4 comments:

Lizt. said...

I really think they should think this out carefully and vote for it. They have an amendment to go with it. A great deal of the ideas in the budget came from the Liberals not the corporate tax or higher income tax relief. There is not enough in IU, but there is a little.
I would like to see Michael vote for it, as he will have time to get the Party ready for an election and bring in much needed money to fight it with.
Some of the far- right are getting angry with Harper.

Scott Tribe said...

A decent budget?

Unfortunately, the budget doesn’t include any measures to increase access to Employment Insurance (which only 40% of the unemployed now receive) or EI benefit levels, nothing to strengthen public pensions, no funding for a national anti-poverty plan, and no significant increased investments in social needs such as early learning and childcare, social services or health care. At the same time, ignoring the advice of virtually every economist in the country, the Harper government is charging ahead with broad-based personal income tax cuts that will cost about $2 billion a year and provide the greatest benefit to those with the highest incomes. Hidden, but still included in this budget are the cuts to transfers, controls on program spending, weakening pay equity for federal employees and the privatization plans announced in Harper’s disastrous November Economic and Fiscal Update.

Matt Guerin said...

The budget's not perfect, I agree. Put forward some much needed amendments and let it pass...

MississaugaPeter said...

Brilliant.

Pass it the same way we passed the Afghanistan issue. And lose it as an election issue the same way we lost the Afghanistan issue.

And continue to allow Harper to do what he bloody feels like.

Let's see, this week he put in two senators who are not considered residents of the provinces they represent.

Let's see, this week he skillfully made the Liberals and all Canadians forget that $12B of next year's deficit is because of his governing decisions the past 2 years.

If you like what the budget offers, you might as well join the Conservative Party. You definitely do not belong in the Liberal Party that was lead by Jean Chretien.

Take Harper out when you can. Get rid of Harper's manipulation, lying and bullying.

We need 18 months of a government that genuinely is concerned about the well being of all Canadians. We do NOT need a government that is genuinely only concerned about the well being of themselves.