Musings —04.14.2011 01:39 PM—
…and my friend points out a big gap in Harper’s logic:
- He’s been saying since 2004 he’s a-okay with a minority. He’s in fact even suggested it can help to hold him in check, remember that?
- He’s been saying, for years, we can get the job done with a minority.
- Now he’s saying, over and over, he needs a majority.
- He’s obviously saying that because he has polling showing people agree that it is a good way to avoid further “unnecessary elections.”
- So what, then, would happen with a Harper majority?
I endeavour to answer that last question in my Sun column on Sunday. Needless to say, I don’t see it as a positive development.
Neither does Chretien. Thus, this:
Ex PM Jean Chretien takes aim at Harper’s plea for a majority government (FedElxn-Chretien)
Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 14, 2011 14:22
MONTREAL – Jean Chretien took aim Thursday at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plea for a majority government.
Harper has repeatedly urged Canadians to give the Tories most of the seats in the Commons on May 2 to avoid another election.
But when asked about the prospect of a Tory majority, the former Liberal prime minister shot down the need to heed Harper’s request.
“You know, most of the countries in the world don’t have majority governments,” Chretien, who himself won three consecutive majorities, said before addressing a conference on international policy in Montreal.
“Only in Canada, when I was there, we had three. In all humility.”
Looking at his own party, Chretien said the Liberals’ election campaign has been better than most Canadians thought.
“Not bad, better than expected,” Chretien said when asked about the Michael Ignatieff-led Liberal campaign.
“But we knew that the day of the election (call).
“We have good candidates and the mood with the membership that I meet seems to be better.”
Chretien also predicted the leaders’ debates will have little influence because there were no knockout punches.
He said with the televised debates behind the leaders, the “real campaign” now can begin.