Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

A Privilege Earned

Let the madness stop. The “privilege to govern must be earned, not taken”. No truer words can be said. The Conservatives are in damage control mode and have sent out an appeal for donations today. This after leaking a “secret deal” between the NDP and the Bloc.

After stopping to listen to the “Conservatives eavesdropping” clips of Jack Layton at an NDP caucus meeting, (Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3) I expect delusional paranoia must be taking hold. The scare must be on after Jim Flaherty’s update and the resulting tide of opposition called. From the selected clips, in my opinion, Jack Layton appears to be briefing members on what has transpired to date with respect to coalition negotiations and what it would mean for the NDP going forward. I’m hopeful Mr. Layton will clarify his position and the context of comments made. Talk of any opposition party stealing the house so close to an election are far fetched. If that were the case it would have happened sooner, perhaps right after the election votes were tallied. All parties have been in consultations regarding the economy and have had face to face meetings with the PM since the election. When none of the oppositions recommendations were headed it’s not surprising see the actions of the opposition. Even less surprising is that the NDP may pursue criminal charges with respect to how these audio clips were acquired and distributed. Think of what consequences would be if someone leaked a private corporation’s conference call to the press.

Are memories that short? Harper, as leader of the Opposition, held lengthy discussions with Layton and Duceppe aimed at ousting Paul Martin’s Liberal government in the fall of 2004. The context of any meetings that may or may not have happened between any parties (other than the Conservatives) looks like less of a conspiracy or “backroom scheme” and more like a way of forming consensus in an ineffective parliament. Ignorance and inaction by key Conservatives on the economy were the tipping point to advance these meetings.

To run away from your own battle cries of “confidence motions” and tactics is puzzling. To pout, delay and filibuster is not what Canadians need right now. The crisis is here, ACT!!! The privilege to govern must be earned not taken, for granted.

Leadership Not Dictatorship

As predicted Mr. Flaherty’s financial update and call for the cancellation of polical party funding was the enough to bring war cries from across the bench. The Conservatives are now backtracking from their calls to end of party funding linked to the proportion of federal votes (political parties currently receive a rate of $1.95 per vote in a federal election). Much like the cuts to Arts funding proposed during the election campaign and later retracted these proposed political funding cuts are getting swept away after public outcry.

Has it come to this? In two short years there is now talk of forming a coalition with NDP, Liberals and the Bloc. This is sobering and signals a potential search for a new Conservative leader. A separatist party is so dissatisfied with the current government (most notably with respect to the environment and crime) that they are willing to chum with their arch enemies the Liberals? The NDP who campaigned as an alternative to rule would consider to help form a coalition?

Mr. Flaherty and Mr. Harper have nowhere to run now. Talk of a strong economy, a technical recession, then a crisis “unlike and potentially as dangerous as anything we have faced since 1929”. A lot can change in a matter of weeks and the majority of elected MP’s look as though they will push Mr. Harper out of power based on mismanagement and myopic vision. Perhaps the “new” government will now be forced to bring in a sound budget and policies that will strengthen Canada during this recession. If elected MP’s can serve Canada as a whole, leave their party colours at home and form consensus despite differences we are better off. True blue Conservatives would be wise to join with this consensus. I’m hoping the “dream” of a government that can “meet in the middle” happens whether or not a coalition is formed after this tipping point. A multi-party coalition can’t be any worse than leadership that blatantly dropped the ball on the state of the economy and increased government spending more than 20% (some $40 Billion) putting us into a deficit after years of surpluses.

Dion Listens to his Conscience and Colleagues

Last week Toronto MP Joe Volpe was the first party member to publicly call for Dion’s resignation after the weak Liberal election result. Today Dion was man enough to admit his failings to sell Canadian’s on his platform of income tax cuts and taxes on pollution, “The Green Shift”. Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett won her seat despite despicable vandals but Dion felt the most damaging instrument this election campaign was the Conservative ad machine. (Sad that it seemed there was no denouncement of the vandalism but it was good to hear some people from the community banding together and asking for signs even if they were not planning on voting Liberal).

Dion will stand the course as leader until the next convention. The speculators can only guess as to whom will succeed him but at least he has accepted his fate and is moving on in the interest of the party. As the dust settles one can only smile not to cry. We still have spent massive amounts of taxpayers money to re-elect a minority government. About $300 million!!! Talk of a coalition continues and Canadians are still quaking in fear over the prospect of another dysfunctional parliament. An economic crisis is looming. It’s not the best time for MP’s to be distracted from the needs of Canadians.

Mr. Harper called this election to cement a Conservative Majority, the third swing at the plate as leader of the Conservative party in just four years! Harper, like Dion, has put forth an strong effort but perhaps he should consider stepping down as leader as the Conservatives regroup for their Convention in November. Reviving the Reform Party talk of Senate reform in the midst of recession is insulting. Perhaps some Conservatives will talk sense into to the PM? He’s a hockey lover and Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan and all but…Whoa??? Hasn’t he pissed off Quebec enough to invigorate the Bloc (and lose all chance for a majority)?!!!

Get your sticks on the ice and giv’er people. Canada expects more from it’s “all-stars” no matter what colour their home jersey is. You guys actually have to DO something more than call an election and send money to ad agencies every couple years!

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