Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well Played

Ooh, the DonOLO brings a touch of sardonic wit to the proceedings:

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2010

Message from Michael Ignatieff to Members of the BC Legislature

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff sent the following message today to all Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

I am writing to you as fellow Parliamentarians... to ask you a favour.

Prime Minister Harper will be addressing your legislature tomorrow. We think that having the Prime Minister of Canada address the BC Legislature is a commendable way to mark the Winter Olympics coming to British Columbia. So I want to congratulate you on this important event.

Here in Ottawa, we haven’t been quite so lucky. Not only can we not get Mr. Harper inside our legislature these days, but he’s actually gone to the extreme of shutting down Parliament altogether.

While he has put forward a series of excuses to justify his actions, we in the opposition actually think Mr. Harper shut down Parliament to avoid some uncomfortable questions about his government’s performance.

And that’s where the favour comes in. Since we in the House of Commons can’t ask Mr. Harper any questions, and since you’ll have him in the BC Legislature, maybe you could try and get some answers from him. Here are some of the questions we’d like you to ask Mr. Harper on our behalf and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have spoken out and rallied against prorogation:

1. Millions of hard working Canadians can’t “prorogue” themselves a break from their jobs or their obligations. They want and expect the issues they care about to be discussed in a democratic way in the Parliament of Canada. So, will Mr. Harper apologize to Canadians for shutting down Parliament?

2. Mr. Harper’s government has gained a reputation for bullying and strong-arming independent watchdogs that serve the public interest, like the Nuclear Safety Commission, the RCMP Complaints Commission and Military Police Complaints Commission. All of these abuses of power are dangerous in a democracy. When will he show the respect for these watchdogs by strengthening them instead of attacking and undermining them?

3. This past month, my party has put forward cost-effective proposals to create new, well-paying jobs for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds.

These proposals would:

- provide hard-hit Canadian manufacturers with a cash advance for new equipment;
- give incentives to businesses to hire young Canadians who have been burdened by mounting job losses; and
- encourage Canadian investors, through either tax credits or incentives, to give to Canadian entrepreneurs and start-ups

Will Mr. Harper include these concrete proposals in his March budget and immediately stimulate job creation and help Canadian workers and businesses alike?

4. On the environment, Mr. Harper has refused to show leadership, insisting instead of hiding behind the excuse that he is waiting for the American government to act so he can follow. Canadians don’t want their government to follow orders from Washington on this or any issue. Will Mr. Harper give us a made-in-Canada environmental policy – not one that’s made in Washington?

I know this is a long shot. Mr. Harper absolutely refuses to answer questions that make him uncomfortable, especially when they come from the media or from his fellow elected officials. But given the unprecedented situation, I’m sure you will agree that it is worth the try.

Many thanks for your help on this.


Michael Ignatieff
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Well played.

As an aside, Harper was greeted by protesters today in Vancouver, and tomorrow he will have company at the B.C legislature


CK said...

Indeed it was. Hope it got heard. That his message wasn't overshadowed by Steve's sweater vests.

Liberal Justice said...

It's signed by Ignatieff so I think the praise would be more appropriately directed to Ignatieff. Way to go IGGY!

Tomm said...


It's not "well played" it appears to be a little Harvard witticism. Something that Ignatieff found amusing. I may be wrong, but I just don't see Canadian's warming up to this sort of jocularity.

The first MLA that falls for this should be ashamed of themselves.

Isn't Liberal Premier McGuinty going to prorogue... but I digress.

Gene Rayburn said...

McGuinty is proroguing for a short time to prepare a throne speech, which is a better reason for proroguing than any of the 20+ put forth by the Conservatives.

You'd think the douches would have a suitable backup excuse..

and you dont know all Canadians so you can't speak for them. But you've been told that many times Tomm.

Steve V said...

I think it's sort of pathetic to compare McGuinty to Harper on this score, unless of course you want to make the most superficial and intellectually dishonest argument imaginable.

jad said...

I hate to rain on your parade, but most Liebral MLAs in BC are seen as closer to the Conservatives than to the Liberal Party, so I doubt Ignatieff's going to get many takers on this. It looks like yet another stunt to impress the folks in Ottawa.

Steve V said...

LOL. As if he really thought MLA's would take him on it? Geez, nice retort. It's a mock request, clearly.

Anyways, looking forward to today's protest when Harper appears.