It’s baffling to read Liberals musing about bringing the Harper government down now.
What precisely would be the point of that, when as of this evening they have given the Conservative government the three things it wanted most:
1) To strip the federal government of its ability to afford new programs;
2) To kill the prospect of any real action to on climate change; and
3) To extend the war in Afghanistan for another three years.
Just moments ago, Liberal MP after Liberal MP voted to hand the third item in Harper’s agenda to him on a silver platter.
All three are things Liberal MPs said they were dead against. And all three are things a Harper minority government could never have accomplished without help from the Liberals.
Yet through their irresponsible abstentions, and now their disgraceful flip-flop on ending the war, Liberals have given Harper his hat-trick. They have handed him more than Conservatives dared to dream possible 26 months ago. The Liberal caucus has proven more useful in impliamenting Harper's agenda than any backbench Conservative.
Through two elections and their recent leadership race, Liberals have tried to convince voters they share the principles and strength of the NDP – yet they've proven so much the opposite.
That Harper’s agenda has been so victorious tonight is a shameful consequence of a party that has been allowed to fake values and integrity its leadership simply doesn’t possess.