Monday, November 21, 2005

An interesting week ahead in Canadian politics

"Interesting" isn't a word you normally associate with Canadian politics, but this week promises to buck the trend.

Either today or tomorrow, the leftist NDP will introduce a motion asking the government to call an election campaign in the first week of January. However, even if this motion passes, it is likely the government will ignore it.

This will trigger a Conservative motion of non-confidence on Thursday, which, as of this point, all the opposition parties are pledging to support. Since the Liberal government is a minority one, if this motion passes (the vote is next Monday), the Government will fall, and there will be an election in mid-January.

In the meantime, the Government is trying to push through measures introduced in its economic update, which was in reality a massive $30 billion bribe offered to the electorate. Plenty of posturing is on the cards, with the Liberals accusing the opposition of scuppering tax cuts by taking down the Government prematurely, and the opposition highlighting the Liberal party's corrupt record and bribery tactics.

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