The role of the Bloc in the coalition government

Consider the following talking points from the Liberal Party website:

and consider this set also from the Liberal Party website:

The “Issue” from the first reads:

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, New Democrat Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe have agreed to form a cooperative government to address the impactof the global economic crisis on Canadians. The NDP will support this agreement until June 30, 2011.

and from the second, the issue reads:

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, New Democrat Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe today announced that an agreement has been reached among the
three opposition parties to support a cooperative government to address the impact of the global economic crisis on Canadians.

A subtle difference but it does concede that the Bloc Quebecois is part of this proposed coalition government.

The Liberals must be scrambling around this calming members of their own party. Yesterday, their website featured a picture of Dion, Layton and Duceppe at the signing ceremony to compliment their featured story on their homepage. The picture was quickly dropped for the image of the Canadian flag that is now displayed instead.

Comments

comments

  • kathy

    Thank you for clarifying the Canadian Flag was initially not seen at the ceremony. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I saw the second photo. I am an average Canadian Conservative voter with no political expertise. I watch, listen, question and make a decision. I live in a smaller community and am not close to Victoria where the rally will be held but I am ‘blogging for Democracy’ in my bid to support the Government.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com Robert V

    “Since the recent federal election, it has become clear that the government headed by Stephen Harper has no plan, no competence and no will to effectively address this crisis.”

    Did they have the plan, competence and/or will during the election?
    If yes: What changed in two months?
    If no: The voters were obviously comfortable with that, so on what grounds can you replace them?

    The coalition really owes the voters answers before doing something so drastic without asking us for a mandate.

  • Antenor

    Stephen, mentioned this before about the three moving to replace the government before they were requested to by the GG. On the CBC last night there was specific examples given that the GG had to request the Opposition to see if they could form a government BEFORE they could procede. I was wondering with your connections can you find out, if by conspiring against the elected government before being requested to do so by the GG, does that not indicate an offense against the Crown?

  • JosefK

    Yeah well, Tasha Kheiriddin of The Fraser Institute has already debunked this thought of a necessary economic stimulus.

  • Phil Hauser

    Wow, I am sold on this coalition now. How about Honesty? A book entitled “HOT AIR” beside Celine Dion's head? At least we are seeing the true colours of this coalition of idiocy.

  • Diane Taylor

    I can't believe these people are planning to take over a freely elected government. I honestly feel that if they accomplish this that this country is becoming a dictatorship led by Quebec! This is bully boy tactics. I hate it.

  • Diane Taylor

    I can’t believe these people are planning to take over a freely elected government. I honestly feel that if they accomplish this that this country is becoming a dictatorship led by Quebec! This is bully boy tactics. I hate it.

  • Diane Taylor

    I can’t believe these people are planning to take over a freely elected government. I honestly feel that if they accomplish this that this country is becoming a dictatorship led by Quebec! This is bully boy tactics. I hate it.

  • Mike Walsh

    “…..and the government will put in place a permanent, consultation mechanism with the Bloc Quebecois”

    Now there's one of lines that concern me the most.
    What, exactly, is meant by permanent here?
    Permanent until the end of the agreement, or permanent in the normal meaning of the term?

  • jsixpack

    There were two tables at the signing ceremony. The first table had a flag off to the side that was not see for the most part. See here for the handshake.
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politic….
    The Liberals and the media chose to post the second table with many flags.

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  • Joe

    There were two tables at the signing ceremony. Behind the first there was only one flag that was not visible for the most part. See picture at this link: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politic….

    The other table is the one the Liberals posted.

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  • Joe

    There were two tables at the signing ceremony. The first table had one flag off to the side that was rarely visible.

    See here for the handshake. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politic….

    The Liberals chose to post the second table with many flags.

  • jsixpack

    There were two tables at the signing ceremony. The first table had a flag off to the side that was not see for the most part. See here for the handshake.
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politic….
    The Liberals and the media chose to post the second table with many flags.

    jsp