January 12, 2006

CRANK UP SPARKY:

Once mighty Liberals in serious trouble (David Ljunggren, 1/12/06, Reuters)

The party, in power since 1993, has dominated Canadian politics for a century. It is famed for its professionalism and long ago earned the nickname "The Big Red Machine." [...]

"We're done," confided a prominent Liberal legislator. "It's all over," said one well-placed official. Some fret they could be out of power for up to a decade.

"The talk inside senior Liberal circles is already focusing on the succession and rebuilding the party. Defeat on January 23 is pretty much taken for granted," said one person with access to the top ranks of the party. [...]

"The campaign is in a bizarre state ... There's no policy they won't change overnight if a focus group says it's not popular," said one senior Liberal. "This has been a lousy government and frankly they deserve to lose."


MORE:
Personally approved ads, Martin says; 'soldier' spot 'wasn't very good' (MICHELLE MACAFEE, 1/12/06, Canadian Press)

[Liberal Leader Paul] Martin, on the defensive for a third straight day about the 30-second spot, continued to stand by the defence policy differences between he and Harper that he said the party was trying to illustrate in the ad.

"The ad was pulled because the ad was pulled, and because there were better ads - that's essentially it," Martin said after pledging $180 million in new funding for advanced research and development initiatives - a subject he joked he has trouble understanding.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 3:18 PM
Comments

Obviously fake quotes, because the real Liberals aren't wondering when they'll be back in power, but when they'll be out of jail.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 12, 2006 3:45 PM

It was my understanding of events that this time Layton and the NDP were going to demand some ministries in exchange for supporting another Lib minority government. That's why they helped the Conservatives and Bloc pull the plug, because the Libs, after six months of paying the NDP for their support after last May's fiasco, had nothing further to sell in exchange for NDP support short of that. They so figured that the status quo was going to continue that it was time to make their move.

If Harper & the Great White Northern Wing of the Stupid Party pull off a majority gov't, it sure will make wheeler-dealer Layton's propping up a sure losers for six months look like a dumb deal. (Then again, never underestimate any Stupid Party's ability to throw away a sure victory.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 12, 2006 4:00 PM

When do we officially welcome them back to the Anglosphere?

Posted by: Timothy at January 12, 2006 4:06 PM

Don't welcome us back yet. There's a long stint of rehab that needs to be done.

Posted by: BC Monkey at January 12, 2006 4:44 PM

Tim, Not until the PM apologizes for fans booing our national anthem at a sports event. I was upset the U.S. team didn't didn't march out of the arena and refuse to play until they received a formal apology.

Posted by: erp at January 12, 2006 4:51 PM

erp, far be it from me to defend my eastern "countrymen", but there have been many incidents in the past 5 or 6 years where US crowds at hockey games have booed the Canadian anthem. That was simply a case of "turnaround is fair play".

Posted by: Flip at January 12, 2006 7:06 PM

erp,
far be it from me to defend my eastern "countrymen", but there have been many incidents in the past 5 or 6 years where US crowds at hockey games have booed the Canadian anthem. That was simply a case of "turnaround is fair play".

Posted by: Flip at January 12, 2006 7:07 PM

Do I rememeber correctly that some the animosity was due to Canadian Friendly fire deaths in Aghanistan, where the US wasn't appropriately apologetic?

How hard can that be?

"A soft answer turneth away wrath"

Posted by: Bruno at January 13, 2006 2:19 AM

Flip, I hadn't heard about that. It's despicable and if true, Canadians had a perfect right to march out of the venue until the booers were removed from the game and an apology was offered, but I don't think turnabout is fair play in this kind of an affair.

I pretty sure that Bush offered a formal apology for the tragic deaths of Canadian soldiers.

Posted by: erp at January 13, 2006 5:29 PM
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