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November 13, 2005
Canadians Will Get A Christmas Campaign

Events have moved quickly this weekend in Ottawa. The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois finally reached an agreement with the NDP to force elections out of Paul Martin and the Liberals by demanding a January 20th poll. The Liberals, apparently believing that the three parties were bluffing about putting up a no-confidence vote that would create an unpopular holiday-season election, refused to come to that agreement -- and the Tory/NDP/BQ coalition have shown their hand:

The Liberals rejected an ultimatum posed by the opposition parties Sunday that would either see the Prime Minister agree to an election call in January or face a non-confidence motion that could topple his government next week.

Liberal House Leader Tony Valeri told reporters Sunday evening in Toronto the government would not agree to call an election in January. ... Mr. Valeri challenged the opposition parties to put forth a non-confidence motion if they no longer had faith in the government, in accordance with parliamentary procedure.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper met with reporters Sunday after a two-and-a-half hour meeting with NDP Leader Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Qubcois.

"If the government wants to avoid a Christmas election, this [plan] will give them the opportunity," he said, adding that if the Liberals failed to agree, the Conservatives would force an election in the next two weeks.

According to John MacDonald at Newsbeat1, expect the no-confidence vote to come on Thursday. Canadians can also expect that the reason given for the collapse of Parliamentary support for Paul Martin and the Liberals will be the corruption of the Sponsorship Programme -- and that they will make sure that Canadians understand that the Christmas campaign came giftwrapped by the same Liberals that stole the Christmas money.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 13, 2005 10:17 PM

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