Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Who's propping whom?

Guess how many non-confidence motions or potential non-confidence motions the NDP has voted with the Conservative government on so far? One? Two? What, it can't be more than that, right?

Nope, sorry, it's none, zero, zip. Of course, the same can't be said for either the Bloc or the Liberals, which leaves me rolling my eyes every time somebody claims that it's the NDP, of all parties, who have been "propping up" the Conservative government in this Parliament.

The best development, though, is that the latest person to make this claim is--hilariously--Michael Ignatieff. There have been some great posts that poke fun at the ludicrousness of this, but the very best one is from my fellow oxymoron over at Accidental Deliberations:

After all, this is the same Michael Ignatieff who may single-handedly have given Harper carte blanche in Afghanistan (between his own vote and his influence on leadership supporters). And it's the same Ignatieff who, even on the environment, sided with Harper against the other Lib leadership contenders on the question of whether to give up on Canada's Kyoto emission targets.

At this rate, it may not be long before the Libs agree to let Joe Volpe set their "new ethical standard".


Tim said...

Off topic but to answer your question over at scotts place...

click and scroll down about 3/4 of the way down to see how everyone voted.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Hey, thanks! *smooch*

AwaWiYe said...

Technically, the 2006-2007 budget (inherently a matter of confidence) passed unanimously because no member rose to oppose it.

Greg Fingas said...

awawiye: That's true, but then that can hardly be said to constitute a "vote". (And to the extent that it did, no single opposition party could be held uniquely responsible for propping up the Cons since each failed to exercise an equal opportunity to prevent passage of the bill - in contrast to the other votes where it was clearly one of the Libs or Bloc alone that provided the needed votes/abstentions.)