The news is covered with shots of Dion’s face with brief interposes of Harper. News anchors talk about how Harper failed to do anything regarding the economic crisis. Also, they highlight the motion to cut off the $1.50 or whatever it is that parties get per vote. Granted, this would cripple the Liberal government, but it would also curb government spending, at least in part. I will admit that I have not yet read the proposed economic bill due to a hectic week of exams. However, from what I gather it was traditional conservative spending during a crisis. Namely, money is not spent in large amounts to struggling businesses but given back to the people through cuts in spending. Such a policy is legit, and well within expected parameters for the Harper government. It is not, as some have erroneously stated, a “do nothing” proposal. Now onto the topic at hand:
The government of Canada was voted for and elected scarcely two months ago. To recall that vote at a time such as this is ludicrous. The Canadian economy is in the middle of a recession, the United States of America is in the middle of a recession. Times will be tight ahead and we need a competent government surveying the situation. Such a government needs to be one who is stable, careful and does not rush about willy-nilly into the first possible solution. Does that sound like Stephan Dion? One brief example of his unsteady nature is his position of carbon taxes. 1 A second is tax cuts.
Furthermore, during a time of economic uncertainty, we do not want to add political unrest to the situation. Political instability, such as is being shown by the aforementioned coalition, does not aid the country in any way except to stall parliament and perhaps further harm the economy (through wasted time and money).
In addition, it has come to light that the opposition, together with the NDP has been forming this plan for months before the “infamous” economic update. 3 If their coalition was to stop what they deem a government which has lost confidence of the house. It is interesting to note that during his speech Dion never referred to the Canadian people. He said, and I paraphrase, “The Harper government has lost the confidence of the House.” While, obviously, the house is representative (at least in theory) of the people of Canada, not once did he say that the Harper government has lost the confidence of the common people. The common people, whom Mr. Dion is said to represent, have yet to storm parliament hill crying for an election or for a coalition.
In addition, neither the NDP nor the Liberals put foreword any propositions to help the economy. Before the controversial coalition, there was a spirit of cooperation that was talked about in the House of Commons. Should not the left wing parties have tabled their own ideas before threatening the government? No doubt one or two would have gained approval and passed. Doubtless, that option is more democratic and viable than a formal coalition and the instability resulting from their actions.
Finally, the Canadian people did not vote for the coalition. They did not vote for Dion as Prime Minister. They did not vote for Jack Layton as Deputy PM. And they will not have a choice in who replaces Dion on the date of his resignation as party leader. We live in a democracy. A land where the government is (ideally) by the people, for the people and it needs to stay that way. For those who site the low voter turnout: those absentees have no one to blame but themselves. If they cannot make the initiative to go out and vote, they have no right to complain.