Disgust, disbelief, anger. Three words I have heard a lot recently. A lot has been said in the past 10 days or so since this whole LNB Coalition came to the forefront of Canadian politics but what does it all mean? Some have called it undemocratic, some have called it down right illegal. In actuality, its neither, what it is, however is hugely unpopular with the Canadian voters who less than two months ago made a choice that seems to mean nothing to the Lib NDP Bloc Coalition. Recent polls have support for the Harper Conservative government skyrocketing from the 38% of the vote garnered on October 14 to anywhere from 44% to 51% depending on the polling company. Check out this article by Rob Breakenridge from the Calgary Herald for more on the numbers, HERE.
But what does it all come down to? On December 4, the Governer General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, approved Stephen Harper’s request to prorogue Parliament. Since then, we have seen the coalition members looking more than a little unorganized and silly. The Liberals pushed their failed and interim leader, Stephan Dion out. They then followed that up with a scramble to decide how to replace him before January that ended with Bob Rae backing out leaving a choice of one. Michael Ignatieff. Apparently acting quickly was more important than acting democratically on this occasion.
In the end, what seems to have really put a bad taste in peoples mouths, especially in Western Canada was being told that your vote didn’t matter and to add insult to injury, we plan on placing Stephane Dion at the helm! All I can say, is the gents in Ottawa are doing a great job at sullying the Liberal and NDP brands out West. It is an exciting time to be a part of a grass roots, BC Conservative party pushing for change here in BC.