Sunday, March 27, 2011

Word Of The Day ~ Semantics

You know me, boys & girls, you know I try to keep things relatively light & fluffy here at DBM, try to stay "Above the fray", try not to delve too deeply into dissecting current events or celebrity antics or pop culture.  I don't like to discuss politics or religion, because I feel strongly about my beliefs & don't like them to be criticized, but also know that others are entitled to their beliefs ~ however misguided they may be. I try to keep DBM all about me cuz, well, that's just the way I roll.


This article?  This has got me all sorts of upset.  & I quote:

The accusation stems from 2008 when former Liberal leader Stephane Dion signed a coalition agreement with NDP Leader Jack Layton, along with a written pledge of support from Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe. At the time, the Conservative government faced defeat in a looming confidence motion.

Meanwhile, Duceppe has accused Harper of hypocrisy, saying he supported the idea of a coalition with the Bloc in 2004. That year, Harper, Duceppe and Layton sent a letter to the Governor General noting that the three parties had enough seats for a majority if Paul Martin's minority government fell.

However, they never used the word "coalition." And on Sunday, Harper said there was another key difference. In 2008, the opposition parties signed a specific coalition agreement, and were set to topple the government.

"We did not bring in a non-confidence motion to overturn the government, we brought in a non-confidence motion to force an election," Harper said. "That is how we became the government. We won an election with the most number of seats. That was my position then and that is my position now."
Um.... Harper?  If you are going to work together with other political parties to  create a majority.... that's a coalition.  No matter what colour you paint it.

& your non-confidence motion to force an election, that overturned the government, which was your intention all along. 


1 comment:

Belle said...

I agree with your conclusion.