I knew something wasn't quite right, when the Liberals declared this absurd tour an enormous success. Instead of a lost summer.
So while yesterday I got all excited about Ignatieff's decision to go for an election.
Today I'm wondering whether he's fallen into a Con trap.
Or in this case a spidey's web...
Because Ignatieff may or may not want an election. But Stephen Harper sure does.
Some Liberals suspect Harper will provoke his own defeat by introducing a ways and means motion - implementing aspects of last January's budget, including the popular home renovation tax credit - as soon as Parliament resumes on Sept. 14.
Such motions are automatically deemed confidence votes.
And it should have been OBVIOUS. For all the following reasons:
(1) The Cons have spent the entire summer spraying the country with billions. They'll never get that chance again so why not go now when polls show them with some momentum? Unlike the Liberals.
(2) The economy is showing some faint signs of recovery. In a couple of months hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers will start falling off UI on to welfare rolls. And the state of the real economy will be revealed. So why would you go later when you could go now?
(3) According to the last EKOS poll forty one percent of Liberals believe the country is heading in the right direction. And one out of three of them would vote for the Cons as a second choice. So if Harper uses the economic argument now, who knows how many of them he could attract.
(4) Polls also show that Canadians are starting to get tired of Harper. So why not go now in the summer glow, rather than later after a brutal winter. When more people might hate the very sight of him. Like I already do.
And then of course there is that reno business.
The idea of the opposition trio voting down a government that’s trying to give homeowners a tax break after they’ve spent tens of millions on household improvements would give the Conservatives a major election-launch advantage.
Which the Liberal braintrust seems to have forgotten. Or Ignatieff ignored.
And let's not forget that now the Cons don't have to squeal and pretend they don't want an election. Or invent an excuse to bring down their own government.
Oh boy. You know the Liberals can make fun of the NDP by calling them chickens....
But unless they are really smart and can do a better job of framing the debate. And explaining why we need an election right now.
When the Spideyman is holding a card in each of his eight
I wouldn't be surprised if they find themselves BEGGING for the NDP or the Bloc to save them.
Or doing their own chicken dance...
Remember people if the Liberals and the NDP are going to form a government.
Both need each other.
And they are going to have to learn to dance TOGETHER...