~Time out to go to burning stick festival*
~We got nearly everything we wanted passed anyway
~Busy busy busy back home on winter barbie circuit
~Everybody does it, albeit mostly in the 19th century
~Only "elites" and "chattering classes" will notice anyway
~Can't do what we like in stupid minority parliament
Last night we got two more :
Tom Flanagan, former mentor to Steve, on CBC :
"The government's talking points don't have much credibility. Everybody knows that Parliament was prorogued in order to shut down the Afghan inquiry, and the trouble is that the government doesn't want to explain why that was necessary. I personally think that was a highly defensible action but instead of having an adult defence of it the government comes up with these childish talking points so then you try to backfill with other stuff that doesn't make much sense either so it's a self-created problem."
And if you were starting to warm up to Tom a bit here, by "highly defensible", he explains it was the Libs' fault, long time ago, yadda, yadda, yadda, the NDP don't like "force" anyway and the Bloc are trying to break up the country... Just in case anyone was even thinking about some kind of new-fangled coalition.
Then on Business News Network tonight, Harper explained that markets don't much care for parliament either :
"The games begin when Parliament returns. The government can take time now to do the important work, to prepare the economic agenda ahead. That said, as soon as parliament comes back, we're in a minority parliament situation, the first thing that happens is a vote of confidence and there'll be votes of confidence and election speculation for every single week after that for the rest of the year. That's the kind of instability that I think markets are actually worried about."
Gosh, best get this man a majority for the sake of the markets then.
Ok, that's only nine reasons from the Cons so far. #10 should be along shortly. Any time now...
* burning stick festival™ - The Rev