One in five for the NDP.... Probably mostly protest votes from former liberals. Under Dion, the liberal party seems to have jumped so far to the left as to make Tali Jack look centralist. It's somewhat frightening really...
Layton opens coalition door
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NDP Leader Jack Layton, right, talks with Canada AM host Beverly Thomson Sept. 22, in Toronto. Layton said he would be willing to work with Liberals in a coalition government if it meant keeping the Conservatives out of power. Sept. 22, 2008
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NDP Leader Jack Layton is refusing to rule out a coalition government with Stéphane Dion's Liberals if that's what it takes to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Blasting Harper on everything from the environmental damage in the Alberta tar sands to the war in Afghanistan, Layton said this morning it's time to move Canada in a different direction.
Asked on CTV's Canada AM if he would "entertain even the notion of entering into a coalition with the Liberals in order to get the Conservatives out of power," the New Democrat stressed he's never allowed partisanship to trump the greater public good.
"Well, you know what, I've worked with any other party. I think people have seen that if they look back to my days on a municipal council," said Layton, a former Toronto councillor and one-time president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
"You roll up your sleeves and you try to solve a problem," he said.
"I think right now the problem we have is Stephen Harper and his Conservatives. They're taking the country down the wrong path. They're much too close to a (U.S. President) George Bush style foreign policy when it comes to the war in my view."
Pressed on whether he would move toward some sort of formal arrangement with Dion if the Liberal and NDP seat tally is greater than that of the Tories after Oct. 14, Layton was more coy.
"I think what I'll do is hopefully sit down in the Prime Minister's office and pull together the leadership of my party and say: 'how can we best serve the country? How can we best get that childcare program we committed to? How can we best get those doctors and nurses trained and deal with these wait times?'"
While the New Democrats have been accused of propping up Harper's Conservatives and indeed help topple former prime minister Paul Martin's Liberals by triggering the Jan. 23, 2006 election, Layton's attacks on Dion are infrequent.
Instead, he has been targeting Harper over their foreign and domestic policy differences.
Repeating his pledge to immediately withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan, he said it's time "to chart a new course."
"We've seen soldiers' deaths up, civilian deaths up, (opium) poppy production up, corruption is up. More of the country is too dangerous now to even provide aid or development," he said.
"Let's use the instruments of the U.N. that we created to reduce conflict, let's have a coordinated and comprehensive approach," he said.
On the home front, Layton pledged to reinstate the cuts to arts funding by the Conservatives and then increase such programs to boost economic development.
"On the home front, Layton pledged to reinstate the cuts to arts funding by the Conservatives and then increase such programs to boost economic development."
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. You have to work to increase economic development. Not throw money at someones hobby.
Taliban Jack is a fringe Marxist lunatic. Dion is irrelevant, his party's platform is "we're not the CPC".
The choice is clear friends, we're gonna give Harper that majority.
Last edited by koalorka; 09-23-2008 at 05:18 PM.
and 1 in 18 Canadians currently hold a firearm licence and 1 in 8 previously held one. I think that is going to hurt them badly. I doubt the Lib and NDP would last together for long, the knives would be out in the first week, however expect Tally jack to offer support at a high price to the Conservatives. Also if the Liberals and NDP want to form a government, they will need to get it approved. The conservatives could also make certain bills money bills forcing the other parties to bring down the government shortly after and election and only the conservatives with enough money to do it again.
Unless you're in the top 2% financially in this country, you're a fool for voting PC.
After all those years of Liberal governments I never thought I'd say this but; Thank god for our first past the post electoral system. Could you just imagine a Liberal-NDP-Green coalition?
Where have you been living since the 90's? Are you just a young student?
It blows my mind that anyone in Ontario could support the NDP (or the Libs). Short memories indeed, with the NDP's record running this province - anyone remember "Rae Days" ?
Now Rae is a self-proclaimed Liberal, and somehow actually has some support here. We need another Common-Sense Revolution !
Harper and co. are currently the only ones looking out for "regular Joes" like me. Layton and Dion are just looking for ways to dig deeper into my wallet, to give to those who hardly work or pay taxes. (and to the Quebec wing of the Liberal party )Unless you're in the top 2% financially in this country, you're a fool for voting PC.
BTW - there is no PC federally. Perhaps paying more attention may do some good.
I find it funny that you guys are sh*tting on steaks. He didn't call Harper a hybrid Hitler-Bush. It's pretty obvious rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer in this country and those in the middle certainly aren't going forward.
I'm no economist but I'm pretty sure movies, music, theatre, museums etc. account for billions.
But what am saying - BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH those artfags dont need investment! Stupid art fags!
Last edited by Bombtrack; 09-23-2008 at 07:54 PM.
Really, the conservatives have run the most succesful minority gov't in the history of the country. Faced with bad odds such as the collapse of the US economy on top of having the NDP and Libs threatening to force an election at every turn.