Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Thank you Stephen Harper

Seems we will have a debate on Afghanistan after all.

As a long-time supporter of this mission, I wholeheartedly believe that this will increase support for the mission among Canadians, not decrease it. Debate on important issues is good in a democracy, no matter when it occurs.

I guess someone is figuring out how to make Parliament work in a minority.

Again. Thank you, Stephen Harper, you are doing the right thing. This bodes well for this parliament.

10 Comments:

At 10:50 PM, Blogger DazzlinDino said...

I'm starting to think maybe Harper and Layton were observing our policy debates. As I said in my post, even if an idea is looked at abjectively before it is tossed out, at least it was looked like, unlike our previous government....

Mike, I'm starting to think you and I have too much faith in the system.....

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger NateDawg said...

Bang on! For too long it's been the Liberal way, or no way.

We're finally seeing some meaningful debate... and *gasp* compromise!

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger kevvyd said...

How meaningful is it if it doesn't result in a vote?

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Baby steps kevvyd, baby steps. A few weeks ago we were absolutely never ever going to have any debate. Now, we will have a "take note" debate that, unlike the last one, will hopefully take place during daylight hours on a Monday. this means we will likely have the full house in attendance.

Depending on what happens during that debate, what facts come out, it could lead to a vote eventually.

I mean if it has enough public support behind it, how could they NOT have an actual vote.

Personally, I think if a vote was held it would pass easily, so this descision is a bit curious - you would think they ould want some successes under their belt. But lets take what comes and go forward slowly.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger kevvyd said...

That's my point, Mike. A successful vote is almost guarenteed, hell, I would say that it would be as close to unanimous as we'd ever see, so there must be some reason he's not allowing it. I have a sneaking feeling that until now I have not committed to print, that Harper does not want to set a precedent by letting parliament vote on whether we should put the troops out.

Or maybe he doesn't want to be seen negotiating that much with the opposition. It could be just a political game.

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Mike said...

What? The Conservatives? Political games?

Surely you jest....

;-)

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Nastyboy said...

I watched most of the debate on CPAC last night and posted on it. I'd love to have your input.

 
At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Bugger baby steps! If there's no vote they may as well be writing letters to the editor of the local paper for all the effect it'll have.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous richard said...

The debate? Sophomoric and a waste of time. Platitudes and more platitudes. The only "tough" questions were met with the standard "you're anti-military" or "support our troops" responses. A pointless debate and we are still left with an undefined mission (or, at least, one that is so broadly defined and without benchmarks as to be useless). The Americans are reducing their forces in Afghanistan while we pony up. Guess where that will end?

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Richard,

You are correct. I thought it would be better and I was wrong.

Perhaps we need to have the full power of an actual vote.

That O'Connor is a real ass. Gets asked his own question from the last debate and answers by calling the NDP anti-military. What a fuck up.

 

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