Thursday, June 18, 2009

Harper, Ignatieff, and Who Really Killed the Coalition?

I see that Gilles Duceppe hasn't wasted any time calling it the Harper-Ignatieff Coalition.

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa after Ignatieff and Harper, a fuming Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe suggested Ignatieff had followed in his Liberal predecessor's footsteps by propping up the Tories and entering into a "coalition" that would deliver "nothing for the unemployed.”

"He just choked,” Duceppe said of the Liberal leader. “He looked in the mirror this morning and saw St├ęphane Dion.”

But I'm not going to get into the partisan slag fest. There's enough of it out there. All I want to do is to lament the grubby politics.

The decaying state of our political process, that puts cheap machinations before the needs of suffering Canadians.

And point out that if the real coalition was still around, none of this would be necessary. Because we would have been better than that.

Which is why I still want to know who really killed it.

Because something about this story really STINKS.

"They did it at the Canadian Council of (Chief) Executives, there was three presidents of major banks who stood up in the room – and this is not from cabinet so I can talk about it – stood up and said, `Ignatieff, don't you even think about bringing us to an election. We don't need this. We have no interest in this. And we will never fund your party again.'"

Not just because it says something about the Liberal Party...but also because it raises the curtain on how our political system really works.

The taped comments raise questions about what role the banks may have played in nixing the coalition, and also what power they wield over the severely financially strapped Liberal party.

Which is so disgusting and such a tragedy.

Because if the centre left wasn't divided it wouldn't be forced to grub around in the mud with the filthy Cons to try to make a sloppy deal. It would sweep the Cons from power and keep them out FOREVER.

Stephen Harper realizes that, and that's why he was still trying to demonize the Coalition today. Even though it's rotting in the grave, it's ghost still frightens him.

But somehow we don't get it. Don't understand that as long as the Bloc doesn't collapse and the great regional divide remains intact, and four parties of the left fight one party on the right, nothing will ever change. And the chances a centre-left party will ever form a majority government are very very slim. So we have to work with each other.

But still parse each other's policies like wingnuts parse the Bible. Or fight each other like the Communists and the Anarchists fought each other, as the fascists advanced on Madrid. While the Cons torch our country and its values.

Instead of trying to find common ground so that one day we can form a grand coalition, sweep the Cons into the garbage can of history, and make the kind of beautiful, progressive creative Canada most of us want.

Oh well. I know nobody listens to me. Slagging one another is so much more fun. And the more you slag the more popular you are in the blogosphere.

But I don't care because I know I'm right. One day the left WILL unite or be forced to recognize the need to form coalitions. But by then it will probably be in the ruins of what was once Canada. And it will be left to the new generation to ask why the fuck did it take so long ?

And why did you let the Cons destroy our future when you could have wiped them off the electoral map anytime you WANTED?

In the meantime, I'll settle for finding out who really killed the Coalition.

Because the answer is important for the future.

And I still REMEMBER...


  1. Hi Oemissions....oh good that makes two of us ...
    Actually now it's three. Rick Salutin had a good post in the Globe and Mail. Something about how the Coalition was a good idea...and its time will come...
    Hey three against the world how can we LOSE? ;)