Thursday, November 24, 2005

Non-Confidence motion introduced to Canadian Parliament

The Conservatives introduced a non-confidence motion to Parliament this morning. According to the National Post, here is the text of the motion:

"That the House condemns the government for its arrogance in refusing to compromise with the opposition parties over the timing of the next general election, and for its 'culture of entitlement,' corruption, scandal and gross abuse of public funds for political purposes and, consequently, the government no longer has the confidence of the House."

It's a zinger, hitting the hot buttons of "arrogance", "corruption" and "culture of entitlement". The vote will be on Monday and, barring unforseen developments, the Motion will pass and this Government will be history. The election date should be either January 16th or 23rd.

Reports are already surfacing that the Liberals intend to fight an extremely negative campaign focused on Stephen Harper. This is a standard Liberal tactic to try and demonise the Conservatives as extreme right-wingers. Expect a liberal mix of over-the-top accusations mixed in with a liberal dash of anti-Americanism. The Conservatives will need a good strategy against this, as unfortunately it has proved quite effective previously.

The Conservatives on the other hand will need to not only hammer home the corruption angle, but also emphasise the attractive alternatives that they offer. A common theme amongst voters interviewed on talk-radio has been that the Liberals suck, but there are no real alternatives to them. If there is one thing that the Tories have failed to do in Ontario, it's demonstrate to voters that they are an alternative.

Captain Ed is one of those very rare birds: an American with an interest in Canadian politics. Good job too. Where else would Canuckistanis have been able to read about the Gomery Inquiry during the publication ban? His take on the forthcoming election tactics is here.

UPDATE: The Globe & Mail on the forthcoming negative campaign.

UPDATE 2: The non-confodence motion will be voted on at 6:30 pm on Monday evening, according to Reuters.

UPDATE 3: In somewhat of an anti-climax, the original toughly worded motion was trimmed right down to read simply ""That this House has lost confidence in the government." Disappointing, and rather a climb down, methinks.


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