The Reformer's Firebrand

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Another Liberal has an attack of "Conscience"

In what has to be the most inopportune timed floor crossing spectacle, Pat O'Brien has left the Liberals.

More spectactularly; he has joined Liberal colleague David Kilgore in sitting as an independent.

There is now shown to be 2 Liberals with honor and principle....I wish there were more.

From a strtegic perspective, this leaves the Martin Liberals vulnerable on both the budget bill and the Marriage bill.

CTV's Mike Duffy reports that there is some concern that other Liberals who are opposed to same-sex marriage may follow O'Brien and leave the party -- which could prove disastrous for Martin.
"Maybe we would be in a situation when the budget bills come back from committee -- the budget is always a question of confidence -- we could see ourselves thrown into a summer election," Duffy said.
"Because the Independents and Liberals who are concerned about same-sex would move against the government in an effort to block the same-sex bill," he said.

This may be an exciting time for the Ottawa press rat pack but as a citizen It sickens me. there is no mandate for this government to be passing anything like the Mariage act revisions or massive new spending bills....they were sent to Ottawa in a minority but we now have 2 minority supported bills creating havock in an, essentially, unconstitutionally sitting government. It should be at the polls or agreeing to work with the opposition rather than dicktate to it.

If anything comes of this unconstitutionally dysfunctional parliament, it is a small speck of light in the 2 Liberals who left to sit as independents on principle.


Blogger Debris Trail said...

Smack on William! The fact that this government is pushing such controversial legislation through, reeks of abuse of power and democracy. Were there a Liberal majority, the arguement would fall, but to be so high handed while owning only a frail minority, is simply abusive, and dangerous.

Yet, the Liberal voters sleep on!

June 6, 2005 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Martin will be defeated over the one thing he thought to be his liferaft....the SSM amendments to the Marriage act.

As things worsen for liberal electoral fortunes, if they are stupid enough to make this spectacle last the summmer, you will see more defections from Liberals fearing the wrath of their constituents.....the country is TOO devided (50-50) on the SSM amendment to treat it like it was a large mandate issue as Martin is.

Bet he never figured that issue would be the nail in the Liberal minority's coffin.

June 6, 2005 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Like they say, when Martin asks you to vote for him, and good government, he's actually asking you to vote twice.

June 6, 2005 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I had the joy of explaining the whole SSM argument to my pre-pubescent (read...highly critical) daughter tonight, who thought I was prejudiced, and "how unfair" it was to block gays from marrying. (Let's not get into that whole issue of WFT did I raise???? please.)

The challenge was dropping it to an 11-yr-old level. Luckily she understands the concept of "fair" and the point Mr. O'Brien was trying to make about no mandate. ("Mandate" btw is a difficult concept to reduce to that level.)

She now gets it, and realizes that Mommy did not turn into a knuckle-draggin neanderthal when she wasn't looking.

Phew!!! not looking forward to the next few years in my home...

(yes, I wanted to raise a kid capable of critical thinking, but JHC she's not supposed to turn it on ME!!!)

June 6, 2005 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Thanks for that release Candice. It is difficult to deprogram our children who are politically conditioned with superficial Lib-left dogmatism in public learning institutions (an old Stalinist trick BTW). My boy has nightly deprogramming sessions. We watch the news together and discuss the number of inaccuracies we hear and the reason why the news source would not want to be totally truthful about the issue they report on. My 7 year old now has a hide like a young rhino when it comes to political propaganda.

The crap these kids are fed in school by willing public sector unionistas, fills their heads with the distorted illusionary world view that is needed to accept Lib-left mythology and turn them into compliant, groveling tax slaves and policy zombies. ( see my story about the Anti-American teen who wanted to bomb a US school).

As for the SSM issue, it is a complicated constitutional matter that has been subverted and twisted by incredulous lobbies and opportunistic politicians as well as a grand standing judiciary. The fact is that Homosexuality was made fully legal in 1967 and if they want to form civil unions that is their right and this is the province's jurisdiction to deal with. The federal jurisdiction is only to change the legal definition of marriage....which is an entirely different matter. No gay is being discriminated against by the marriage definition....and the supreme court said as mush when Martin asked them...but he proceeds to bulldoze an unpopular and unnecessary law to change it through with no mandate to do so.

Martin ran for election with 2 items, to clean up government (ha ha ha) and the SSM bill. For his trouble he was almost defeated and returned with the slimmest of majorities. That is a pretty definitive answer from Canadians ( who when polled are against changing the marriage act at least by 50%-60%). Martin cannot claim going ahead with this SSM bill is mandated...then again we se him sitting in unconstitutional disregard for confidence process or the will of the house....the man's a outlaw and a criminal...tell your daughter this is who she supports. Anyone who supports un mandated, unconstitutional governance by a proven criminal, has a strange idea of what constitutes "fairness".

June 7, 2005 at 6:48 AM  

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