A new election would have been preferable to this horrible precedence. It is the nature of Minority governments that they must seek the consensus of the majority of the House in all confidence-involving issues, like budgets and fiscal statements. Mr Harper did not receive a majority mandate in the last election, he should have been careful. 51 days have passed since the Conservatives took power in the last election and it will be 53 days before they have a new session and a new Speech from the Throne etc etc etc. If a repeat of the King-Byng affair was undesirable, and I would agree it would have been, an election would have been preferable, or even just a referendum. (But this isn't exaclty the same- in that Lord Byng refused the Prime Minister, whereas in this mess she granted the PM his request)
It will be 53 days before the house sits again. The last election was had in 39 days from the call to the voting, so an election owuld have had them back at work faster. Canada needs a working parliament. This one is not only still dysfunctional it isn't even sitting.
I guess until Harper has enough courage to face parliament again, all Canadian industries should hire all the unemployed in Canada, and have them begging on every street corner in the country. [They can work out a 60/40 deal (Beggar get 60% of the take and the Canadian auto industry gets 40% )]- Actually that might garner them more money in less time than asking parliament for a bailout, or an economic stimulus package.
Wherefore our country is sailing without a helmsman through the stormy seas of this crisis, therefore it is not out of disrespect but as a call for help:
What should have happened: the Opposition should have offered to pass the economic statement if amendments were made, and present the government with those amendments. We are in a crisis, work together, or would that have been too easy.
It's a good thing our Patron Saint is Saint Joseph, the Worker. At a time when the Parliament needs to be working, so that Canadians will have a chance to keep working, and thereby support their families as Saint Joseph supported his family - well repeat after me
Memorare to St. Joseph
Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession was left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly to you, and beg your protection (for Canada, and all families in her). Despise not, O foster-father of the Redeemer, my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.
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