04.19.2013 12:54 PM

Clever move by Trudeau; good reporting by O’Malley



  1. Michael S says:

    And the government sandbags Trudeau by canceling the opposition day.

  2. dave says:

    Odd the Conservs reacted badly to this and cancelled oppositon day Monday. The 2nd part of the motion seems ot negate (or provide the means to negate) the 1st part.

    Anyway…y’r right, clever move!

  3. Ted H says:

    Quote from the Chechen president:

    “They grew up in the United States; their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America.”

    So, maybe Justin Trudeau’s comments about “root cause” are not so far off base after all.

  4. Lance says:

    Andrew MacDougall @PMO_MacDougall
    Grits bleating because oppo day moved back *2* days so House can pass the “Combating Terrorism Act”. Seriously. #cdnpoli

  5. Sean says:

    Agree this was a great move by Trudeau. Harper did the same thing to Chretien / Martin Re. Committee Chairs a few months before Martin became leader. Back then everyone figured “who gives a shit about Committee Chairs?!”. Today a lot of people would say “who gives a shit about Members’ Statements?!” When Harper did that, it was my first inkling that this guy was a bit smarter than Day and Manning. He understood that sticking a needle in the eye of the other team / deliberately dividing the other team had greater long term importance. My hunch is that Trudeau gets that. So, yes, very smart move. Oh, and the Tory response? That is only going to make things worse for the Tories and get those backbenchers even more pissed off.

  6. Andy says:

    I think some very specific parliamentary reform laws should be part of the Liberal platform.

    Only Cabinet Ministers can be removed from a party’s caucus.
    No prorogation without a vote in the house.
    Today’s proposal.
    Just to start.

    force the party that shut down parliament to avoid a vote of non-confidence to explain to Canadians why they want less democracy, not more.

  7. ray says:

    gonna be a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong 2 years.

  8. MCBellecourt says:

    Well, Mulroney did say that Trudeau was ^not to be underestimated!

    Har de har harrr!!!

  9. MCBellecourt says:

    Hey, Warren, I just caught this gem from a CBC poster who goes by “N D Boondocks” and I’d say this person has a chrystal ball in front of him that actually works.

    He wrote,

    “Cue the crystal ball and smoke effects..)

    I see a poorly worded (and perhaps unconstitutional) bill having to be debated.

    I see the Liberals and NDP pointing out its deficiencies.

    I see it being passed but not implemented.

    I see attack ads from the conservatives directed against the unholy cabal of the Liberals and NDP being soft on terrorists.

    Carnac has spoken (and has retched too, BTW).”

    What do you think?

  10. Dana says:


    Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    I’m left wondering if any national media other than CBC will report that Harper cancelled opposition day in response to Trudeau’s motion.

    • MCBellecourt says:

      I find that, when the Ceeb reports something first, the other news orgs do get around to following suit. Makes you wonder why some of them want the Ceeb gone…can’t handle the competition, I guess.

      Anyhoo, it’s been moved to Wednesday–the “short” day in the HoC. Which, IMO, will not impress anybody in a good way. The scrums afterwords should be rather interesting.

  11. Brammer says:

    Good on JT.

    Those frickin attack ads make the cons look like immature bullying idiots. First I was disappointed, then I got mad, and then, I decided to donate $20 to the LPOC. So, yeah – those ads are working.

  12. MCBellecourt says:

    Hah!!! Hey, you guys, check this out!



  13. m5slib says:

    Not for posting:

    Whenever I read political articles on newspaper websites I always read the comments after. I’m not convinced that these are actual citizens commenting, but actual party operatives. I don’t think there’s much analysis on their impact, but I’m guessing there’s some. It’s another subtle way of influencing opinion. The Cons dominated this for a really long time, but the liberals have stepped their game up recently. That’s a good sign.

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