The Liberal/socialists/separatists alliance has failed in its first attempt to circumvent the results of the October election and wrest power from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. During these past few weeks we have been told repeatedly by coalition/alliance supporters that it is all about the economy and the prime minister’s lack of action thereon.
As time passed, however, we’ve heard that the deal was made long before the Conservatives economic update—Jack Layton boasted as much to his caucus. And anyone watching Stéphane Dion during the last election or more recently during Question Period understands the depth of hatred he has for the prime minister.
Dion does not hate Tory policies or practices as much he despises the Tory’s leader, Stephen Harper. This is apparent when you see him virtually foaming at the mouth in parliament when asking the PM a question or reacting to the PM’s answers. He flaps his arms in fury, totally unable to control himself as he screams insults at PM Harper.
But Mr. Dion has proven himself so completely inept as a leader, about two thirds of Canadians just can’t buy the fact that he may become our next PM.
So now we begin to see more of the truth emerge.
This morning The Globe and Mail reported that former socialist premier of Ontario, Bob Rae, is “taking over as chief salesman and maneuvering around Stéphane Dion, whose leadership is becoming increasingly irrelevant,” and “is preparing a coast-to-coast campaign to sell Canadians on the concept of a coalition government.”
Not a single word out of Mr. Rae about attempting to negotiate with Harper, of course. Nope, everything is the PM’s fault.
When Mr. Dion appeared to be open to negotiation if there were a “monumental change” on the part of the prime minister, Mr. Rae reportedly told Mr. Dion that even “monumental change” was not acceptable.
So there we have it.
This whole ruckus on Parliament Hill is about the opposition wanting Stephen Harper’s scalp on a stick—and be damned with what Canadians want.
Now Bob Rae sees his chance to step into the leadership void left by the ineffectual Stéphane Dion, and become the de facto leader of, at least, the hardline elements of the coalition.
The next 50 days or so should be interesting.