The Conservatives have drafted a throne speech aimed at forcing the Liberal party into a politically embarrassing abandonment of its Kyoto crusade.
Government sources told The Canadian Press that Prime Minister Stephen Harper believes the Liberals are so desperate to avoid an election that they will roll over and accept a throne speech that describes Kyoto climate-change targets as unattainable.
It is among several unpalatable options for Liberal Leader Stephane Dion that the government is considering salting into its blueprint next Tuesday for the new session of Parliament.
All this talk about "winning conditions" for the Liberals is irrelevant in the current climate. Harper is preparing to squeeze the Liberals, which means they roll over and fade away, or they stand on principle and fight. There is no conceivable way that Dion can tackle the leadership gap if he is forced to cower, in the face of a complete affront. As a matter of fact, allowing the Liberals to be bullied will solidify perceptions and destroy any thoughts that things will improve with time.
I think Liberals need to come to grips with the fact that the present reality trumps all the long term strategic planning. Conditions are certainly far from optimal, but by the same token, allowing Harper to run amok and embarrass the Liberal Party is unacceptable, on every level. If Harper is planning to pour salt in the wounds, then the Liberals have one choice, maybe not the preferred choice, maybe one that was made for them, but one that has to answered. Dion is nowhere if Harper walks all over him and the Liberals react by disappearing for a vote.
Harper assumes the Liberals "are so desperate they will roll over", quite a statement and hardly one that can go unchecked. IMHO, it will be a terrible mistake, that Liberals will regret in the future, as the ramifications of saying "uncle" gel. This throne speech looks to be completely obnoxious, one that shows no respect for a minority parliament, one that basically laughs at a supposed impotent Liberal Party. How can anyone accept that?