Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Steamrolled

David Akin evaluates the comparative negotiation skills of Michael Ignatieff against those of Jack Layton:

"In 2005, Jack Layton won $4.6 billion in new investments in housing and transit in exchange for supporting the minority government of Paul Martin.

In 2009, Michael Ignatieff got a working group and an opposition day for supporting the minority government of Stephen Harper."

But it’s actually less than that. In exchange for voting in favour of the Conservatives' estimates on Friday, the Liberals have been given:

a) the opportunity to write a private members' bill on EI with the help of three Conservatives; and

b) An additional opposition day in at the end of September with which they can once again threaten to defeat the government, thereby beginning the ceremonial crying-of-wolf all over.

So, other than Stephen Harper, is anyone actually any better off today than when this soap opera began? Nope.

Even Michael Ignatieff can admit that:

“Let me be clear, we don't have an agreement here. We have an agreement to work hard, professionally, and seriously with top level officials to get a legislative proposal before parliament if we can. I give you no guarantees that we can get there, but I know in my heart I can look unemployed Canadians in the eye today and say I’ve done my darnedest for you.” – Ignatieff, CTV News, 17 June 2009

4 comments:

janfromthebruce said...

Iggy standing up for - drum roll please - Iggy in the Libs - fooled you.
p.s. have a great summer!

Cherniak_WTF said...

Truly Iggy is a wimp, a liar and more bluster than balls... I wonder how many liberals will be fooled again?

Scott in Montreal said...

Well, now we know what his damnedest looks like. Thanks, Iggy.

Kathy said...

Is it just me or does it seem a bit creepy that this guy just sort of popped onto the scene out of nowhere,where did he come from?? What is he doing here and better yet WHO SENT HIM.? He has had nothing to do with Canada for 34 years,then all of a sudden he pops in and decides that he can run this country .The Americans are wanting to create a North American union who better than to send an Americanized former Canadian. I cant help but see him as a threat to our sovereignty and security.Something just doesn't seem right about the whole thing.I dont trust him,he even looks creepy.Isnt he Russian as well and the Russians want the arctic,arent the Americans after the oil in the artic as well.Something is really fishy.