Be scared iffy, be very scared.( Of your own caucus and the Canadian people) That's what Chantal Hebert says in her latest piece. The grits have no platform and little money and they have once again put themselves on track to an election they will claim they don't want. The grit attempt to embarrass HM Government was defeated by the grits. It is nice to see there are actually a a few principled grits. (Why are they grits>)
The so called Afghan detainees scandal is nonsense. Even the grit mouthpiece, the cbc has reported that the grits ignored warnings about this in 2005. HM Government fixed that problem.
At this point I say bring it on. The Tories are ready.
The last thing Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff needs is to spend his first campaign fending off Conservative assertions that he would be willing to give the Bloc Québécois – a party described by its leader as a resistance movement only last weekend – an inside track on national security matters.
While polls have blown hot and cold on the election prospects of the Conservatives since the New Year, the Liberals have so far proven to be devoid of momentum. Ignatieff is not as ready to fight a campaign now as he might be in six to 12 months and Jack Layton is functioning on less than full capacity while he is undergoing cancer treatment.
With Quebec a Conservative black hole, Harper would have to weigh the potential perils to his leadership of a third failure to secure a governing majority versus the sense that this may be as good a re-election opening as his party is ever going to get for the foreseeable future.
Harper would not be prime minister if he was not adept at playing all the angles to his advantage and the latest parliamentary test of wills has the potential makings of a Conservative electoral opportunity.
Having put its head between the jaws of a crocodile, the opposition can now only hope it will not be bitten off.