Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tales from the Crypt

The unelected undead plot (no pun intended) a coup

Mr. Chrétien was upset that legislation he introduced was being undone. And so the two men, who sat across the aisle of the House of Commons from one another for more than 30 years and battled each other in the chamber, talked it out.

“What do we do?” was one question they mulled over question, according to an inside source.

“If we decide to bring down the government is it by [forming a] coalition [government]” was another question they pondered.

Mr. Broadbent and Mr. Chrétien spoke several times on Thursday, but did not meet face to face. They were not tasked to negotiate a coalition but rather to with looking at the situation “from a higher level” to see where common ground might be found, according to a senior New Democrat.

The two men kept in touch with their camps, passing along their recommendations and advice.

As of late Friday, Mr. Chrétien had not spoken to Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. Rather, the former prime minister, who was on his phone all day at his office, spoke to senior Dion staff [Joan: what staff?].
--"Ghosts of leaders past return for a political longshot," Globe and Mail, today

I caught some of the Hill scrums late yesterday afternoon. Liberals Scott Brison and John McCallum were at one mic talking over each other in front of a crush of reporters. How can a caucus that can't organize a two-man newser run a government? I hope we won't have to find out.


Hannibal Lectern said...

Stephen has to learn that the head of the Librano crime family has two Kantian Categorical Imperatives:

(1) You must never dismantle the government nipple from feeding his sacred cows. Pun intended.

(2) You must never do anything to annoy China and thereby disrupt any Chinese business dealings with anyone he's beholden to.

Tsk, tsk Stephen.

Dennis Prouse said...

I suspect that between now and next Monday, a number of Liberal MPs are going to peer over the cliff and decide they don't like the view.

For her part, the Governor-General could help end this crisis by leaking word that she would be inclined to call an election should the government fall. I rather doubt that Madame Jean wants to be remembered by the history books as the Governor-General who sparked another constitutional crisis.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight -- Chretien who was once a key fighter against the separatist scourge, is now one of the key guys trying to broker a skanky deal in which the BQ hold the cards in propping up an unelected government????

Joan Tintor said...

I apologize for the delay in posting comments. Could not get to Hotmail for a few days.

Hannibal Lectern said...

Its sunup, time to return to your coffin Jean. Thanks for your and Paul Desmarais' help in moving the evil Harpurrr toward a majority.


Dennis Prouse said...

The stench of this coalition will not go away any time soon. The Liberal Party always prided itself on Canadian unity, yet when the chips were down they were ready to cut a deal with the Bloc to obtain power. How betrayed do you think loyal Liberals on the island of Montreal feel right now? If Liberal candidates thought the Green Shift was a tough sell on the doorstep, just wait until voters start in on them about the coalition.