Coalition... The process of making history
Toronto, De. 07, 2008
Dr. Ruby Dhalla
Since Parliament started last week there has been
no shortage of activity and excitement. I have received emails and
phone calls from many of you in regards to the situation that has
transpired over the last 96 hours.
We are living in historical and unprecedented times. The last 96
hours has been a time that will be written about in history and
talked about for decades. It is incredibly exciting for everyone
to be apart of this journey.
In the recent election the PM was elected to provide leadership,
a vision, and help during this time of economic uncertainty. Unfortunately
he failed to gain the support and trust of Canadians and Parliament
when he presented his Economic Fiscal update. While most countries
have provided economic stimulus and help for the auto and manufacturing
sectors and support for families and seniors Mr. Harper chose to
take no action and show no leadership. His economic update had no
initiatives to create jobs, or protect savings. He miscalculated
and underestimated. Harper needed to show leadership and be a statesmen
and he failed to rise to the occasion. That is why the opposition
parties have decided to work together on behalf of the people of
The Coalition Government that has been proposed will be a Liberal
led government with the NDP. The Bloc has agreed to put aside their
differences and support this Liberal Coalition government during
issues of confidence until June 30, 2010. The Bloc will not be apart
of the Government they have only agreed to support the coalition
Government. In addition Mr. Dion would be Prime Minister until May
and then the new Leader of the Liberal Party would take over as
the Prime Minister of Canada. The main purpose behind this initiative
is to provide stability, strength and a focused economic plan during
this time of economic crisis in the nation.
The situation at the moment is extremely fluid and changing rapidly.
The PM has a few options. Harper has already delayed the confidence
vote that was scheduled to take place on Monday December 1, 2008
to December 8, 2008. It is unfortunate Mr. Harper is afraid to face
the facts. He has lost the trust of Canadians. He needed to take
action and provide leadership and has done nothing. Harper may at
this point prorogue or suspend Parliament to January 2009 or beyond.
He can present this as an option to the Governor General who is
scheduled to return from her trip this afternoon. The Governor General
will make the final decision as to whether the PM should be granted
Alternatively the Confidence vote on the 8th could take place.
If all the opposition parties vote against this and the conservatives
lose this vote there would be an election. However in light of the
fact Canadians have just returned from the polls the Governor General
could grant the request made by all the leaders of the opposition
parties for a Liberal led coalition Government with the NDP.
The coming hours and days will determine the outcome of Harpers
failures and the desire of Canadians to have stability, and support
during this challenging economic time.
The situation is changing quickly. This is about the people of
Canada who deserve a Government that has an action plan and can
provide the leadership and stability during this time of economic
uncertainty. I will be on CBC Don Newmans Politics Show between
5-530 pm today to discuss further.
I will keep you posted my friends as the situation develops. An
exciting time, incredible journey, and historic moment for our nation.