governmentdownbringingwatch 2008


EKOS: “Huge divisions over current political crisis”

Tables and other data here, although the release doesn’t include the regional breakdown for the Big Question:


From the PMO press office: “A paid message from Canada’s Conservatives”

Passed along by the Prime Minister’s office, according to Kory Teneycke, in order to “[share] them with the public along with other information  on 3rd party efforts to oppose this undemocratic coalition with the separatists”.


Just another sleepy Monday on the Hill

Man, if only we could get some excitement around here:
Opposition deal would oust Harper, pour billions into economy

December 1, 2008 – 14:00

OTTAWA – Opposition parties have reached a tentative deal that would see Liberal Leader Stephane Dion take over as interim prime minister and pump billions of dollars into the economy.

But some hurdles still stand in the way of the plan to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority government next week.


For those of you just tuning in…

…to the parliamentary meltdown already in progress


NDP kinda-sorta-maybe threatens the media over “possibly illegal” recording?

Or does this request only refer to the original tape of the conference call? I can’t tell. Anyway, here’s what the party sent out a few minutes ago. (I’m not sure if this applies to the transcript that PMO so helpfully provided earlier today, but I’m trying to find out.)


Welcome to his nightmare: Jim Flaherty holds nooner conference call to chat with reporters about .. oh, you know. Stuff.

Since the government has now backed down over public financing for political parties and – as of earlier today – its plan to suspend the right of civil servants to strike, the proposed changes to pay equity could be the third shoe to drop. I guess we’ll find out when this uncharacteristically lively hold music is replaced by the dulcet tone of the Finance Minister.  


UPDATED: Behind the scenes at PMO: Wait, so this wasn’t Ryan Sparrow’s fault?

According to Don Martin, the fateful – and possibly fatal, at least for the government – decision to take advantage of the fiscal update to declare war on the public financing system may have been the result of an error in judgement by an overzealous, overtired …. Prime Minister? Hang on, that can’t be right, can it? And yet: 


UPDATED: A trip down minority government memory lane

The opposition has every right to defeat the government but Stéphane Dion does not have the right to take power without an election.

-Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives the nation a lesson in parliamentary democracy from the foyer of the House of Commons (November 28, 2008)