Friday, March 25, 2011

Parliamentary Hot House

I sometimes run parlivu in the background while writing posts, and it is a plodding, soothing, sort of background murmuring, with the occasional heckle or thump, but today this could not possibly be pushed out of the limelight; people hollering, slamming desks, and generally getting their raucous fervor up so furiously that the government might need to pass a bill authorizing a bowl of heart medication to be passed around the house like popcorn. I even wish I was bilingual enough to not need to listen to the translators, since you tend to miss heckling that way (there was also one point where the screaming was so loud the translator simply said "Inaudible").

The situation? The government is so close to being found guilty of contempt that it keeps knocking it's elbow on it; the opposition has made a motion of non-confidence which is, as we speak, hotly debated in the house, and it's look like we should gear  up for an election in probably May, barring some form of Deus ex politicum machina. The fighter planes the conservatives desired have their first target of fire: the Conservative government. It may be their last target, however.

The conservatives are screaming to have their defense heard over the shouting, stomping, hollering, and what sounded at one point (I actually had to check) like a riot. The main defense they are hiding behind, like I did as a small child under my covers, is that Canadians purportedly do not want an election, conveniently ignoring the fact that they also don't want a shitty government.

The government takes a surprising tact, pointing out the fact that the Liberals, NDP, and bloc said they would not form a coalition, but are now working closely together.

Carson is being used as a talking point as well, "being investigated by the RCMP" is definitely not a good point for the Conservatives. But so far my favorite rhetorical question: "Can the Prime Minister take the oil sands out of his eyes?"

Rona Ambrose (her mouth looks so strange when she talks) placidly defends their decision to remove customs tariffs on importing ships, a move unfavorable in southern Ontario where a large part of the economy is based on shipyards.

The Prime Minister's decision not to attend today, with his previous decisions to prorogue government during times of hard questions, makes it seem like he is disposed towards  running away from problems.

This unscientific CBC survey seems to suggest people, or at least CBC readers, are 50/50 in favor of an election. Poll: Do you want there to be a federal election right now?

It was surprisingly closer than I had thought, but the vote of non-confidence in the Conservative government was passed (despite a "nay" Del Mastro / Dykstra fist-bump [now called "the fist bump heard 'round the world"]) at 12:22, March 25th, 2011. Quoth Rosie Barton: "This House is done."

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