Friday, May 20, 2005

Burning the ballot boxes

Angry exposes the hypocrisy of Tony Valeri. From yesterday:

"I'm certainly encouraging my colleagues and my counterparts (in other parties) to respect the outcome of the vote."
and from May 6th:
But House Leader Tony Valeri shrugged [a Tory non-confidence vote] off, saying the motion is only a procedural matter that has no binding effect on the government and that the Liberals would not step down from power if it should pass.

"There is no non-confidence motion," Valeri said after the House speaker ruled the motion to be in order. "This is merely an instruction to a committee."
Grim prediction: "Herr Martin shrugged [the 2006 election] off, saying the practice is only a matter of tradition that has no bidding effect on the government and that the Liberals would not step down from power should the outcome not be in their favour."

Update: Paul Martin, speaking to the People's Republic of Canada:
I commit to you tonight that I will call a general election within 30 days of the publication of the commission’s final report and recommendations. Let Judge Gomery do his work. Let the facts come out. And then the people of Canada will have their say.
From today's Globe and Mail:
Finance Minister Ralph Goodale is to testify at the Gomery inquiry to back up Jean Chrétien's contention that he wanted to clean house once the sponsorship scandal became public.

Mr. Justice John Gomery Friday reviewed a series of motions from the attorneys of people who either wanted to appear before his inquiry, to return to the witness stand or to submit evidence through affidavits.

Mr. Chrétien's lawyer, Peter Doody, was successful in his request to have Mr. Goodale and another former cabinet minister, Don Boudria appear before the inquiry.

[..] The additional testimonies mean that the hearings, which were initially supposed to end by early May, then by May 27, will be once again extended, this time to the first week of June.