Monday, December 1, 2008

The “wise men,” some sort of unelected ghost cabinet

The plot thickens. Apparently the Liberal/NDP coalition plans to assemble a council of “wise men” to guide them on financial matters and in formulating plans for the economy. The four individuals can be seen in The Canadian Press composite photo at the left.

wise menThey are former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna, former prime minister Paul Martin, former finance minister John Manley and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow—three Liberals and an NDPer.

A pretty good move I would say. Given the lack of talent in the combined Liberal and NDP caucuses, the coalition will need something to bolster their credibility in the eyes of Canadians.

quote-left-red-grey-bgThe big deal is this new coalition would spend $30 billion in economic stimulus and to help pay for it they would roll back $50 billion of corporate income tax cuts.quote-right-red-grey-bg

CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife

If the secessionist-backed 113-seat coalition topples the 143-seat Stephen Harper government, Canada will be led by a government of two parties and their leadership, which were resoundingly rejected by Canadian voters only a few weeks ago. And, apparently, the new PM will be either the washed-up, discredited Stéphane Dion or Michael Ignatieff, the university professor and political opportunist who has hardly spent any of his adult life in Canada.

And, to boot, the unholy alliance will be propped up by the Bloc, a party that was founded to promote the break up of our country. Without the Bloc, the coalition disintegrates, making Gilles Duceppe the kingmaker of this plot. For two and a half years we’d be governed by the Bloc, a separatist party, for God’s sake. And Jack Layton thinks this is a good thing? This may be a good thing for Jack Layton, but a terrible thing for his country.

And think about the lunacy expressed in this report: the coalition government would introduce a $30-billion economic stimulus package and roll back $50 billion in planned corporate tax cuts.

Yes, a stimulus package paid for by a job-killing tax increase to corporations. And how do we know the corporate tax increase will be a “job killer?” Why, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion told us so a few weeks ago, when he asked of Jack Layton’s promised corporate tax increase:

quote-left-red-beige-bg The very moment you raise $50 billion in increasing the burden on our companies, on employers that are creating jobs, how many people will lose their jobs, how many families will lose their earnings?quote-right-red-beige-bg

And at that time did either Bob Rae of Michael Ignatieff or any of the three Liberal “wise men” offer any support for Layton’s rash promise?

I don’t believe even a roomful of wise men will be able to help these Keystone Cops.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have overreached somewhat, but he and his team are Canada’s official choice and deserve the chance to delivery their budget in January—after the Europeans and the Americans have shown us exactly what they propose doing, and the issue of rescue plans for the U.S. Automobile parent companies is settled.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada will do Canada a grave injustice if she becomes party to this power grab.

If our government is defeated in parliament, we go back to the polls, it should be as simple as that. That may be the expensive way, but it’s the right way.smleaf


  1. I was wondering why, in the past few weeks, Martin kept coming out of hiding. Every few days he had some words of wisdom to share with the country. I had a feeling something was up.

  2. Yep, all the talk during the election of uniting the left was not just hot air—obviously, something was up back then.

  3. So the three stooges need help from four has beens ?

  4. there are no wise men in this country. at least not in power. at least not as a leader. a follower?