November 28, 2005


Canadian Government Falls on No-Confidence (ROB GILLIES, 11/28/05, Associated Press)

A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the Christmas holidays.

Canada's three opposition parties, which control a majority in Parliament, voted against Martin's government, claiming his Liberal Party no longer has the moral authority to lead the nation.

The loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet would continue to govern until then.

The strangest thing about this is the implicit suggestion that Jacques Chretien did have the moral authority to lead a country, even if only Canada.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2005 8:52 PM


Stick with attacking cars, big guy.

Posted by: Peter B at November 28, 2005 9:00 PM

If that had been the US congress, there'd have been at least a couple hours of meaningless bloviating before they finally voted. But the procedure does keep down the number of "not proven" votes cast, doesn't it?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 28, 2005 9:12 PM

Based on the other stories coming out of Canada recently, isn't this a sign that Palpatine is going to be given emergency powers and the Clone Wars are about to begin?

Posted by: John at November 28, 2005 10:06 PM

While I hope for a Conservative Party victory In February's election, part of me wishes for the LIEberals to win. That would hasten the separation of Alberta from the communististic canker of this cacophonous country of cowardly claptraps called Canada.

Posted by: obc at November 28, 2005 11:41 PM

Of course the Liberals will win. A Liberal cabinet minister was re-elected in Ontario after "losing" a billion dollars to who-knows-where. Ontario voters are even more corrupt than Paul Martin and Jean Chretien, no matter what Peter B tells you. (Did you know that one of Paul Martin's companies received 1 million dollars from Saddam Hussein? No one in Canada knows either. That is the Canadian press for you...)

The only solution is a dramatic population shift to the sane Western Canada.

Posted by: Randall Voth at November 29, 2005 4:44 AM

The voters are corrupt? Sounds like a couple of EU bureaucrats enjoying a fine, expense paid lunch. Randall, old buddy, I've heard the stupid, stupid party come up with some wild excuses before, but that's the all time best.

But, hey, don't let that sneaky Peter B mislead you.

Posted by: Peter B at November 29, 2005 5:43 AM

corrupt -- "having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain" (Oxford American Dictionary)

In other words, voting for a government that has been shown to be corrupt for their own gain is corruption -- but you knew that, didn't you, Peter? You should hang up your lawyer hat at the door. Sticking by the Canadian Liberal government is not looking good on you.

Here are a few synonyms for corrupt:

immoral, depraved, degenerate, reprobate, vice-ridden, perverted, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, bad, wicked, evil, base, sinful, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, profane, impious, impure

Sounds an awful lot like voters willing to vote for Paul Martin and his band of thieves.

Posted by: Randall Voth at November 29, 2005 8:03 AM

Right, but they find purity, honesty and virtue the minute they cross the border and pass under those big Western skies?

I can't believe I'm arguing about this with a guy from the province that regularly votes the highest percentage of socialist support in Canada.

Posted by: Peter B at November 29, 2005 8:10 AM

Are you defending the fact that Ontario regularly sends corrupt Liberals to office because they screw the west in their favor, or that the west regularly sends conservative members to parliament who would do nothing of the sort to Ontario and the east?

I think they call it in your lingo a "non sequitur".

Besides, who needs socialists when you have Ontario and Quebec Liberals walking the plank for the NDP and the the Bloq?

Posted by: Randall Voth at November 29, 2005 8:28 AM