Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Horse-trading for dummies

I'm curious to know exactly what the Conservative party seeks to gain by delaying the final vote on Bill C-38 until the fall. The votes of MPs are not going to change over the summer.

Frankly, I think that if the deal currently floating about (a delay on C-38 in exchange for passage of C-48 "the NDP budget") will bite the Conservatives on their collective asses more than if they allowed the two votes to happen now, opposing both.

I can just picture the Conservative campaign in Ontario now... "Well, we're not fiscally conservative enough to really want to take a firm stand on the NDP budget bill, but look how we dug in our heels against same-sex marriage!" Yup, I think that will win over the voters who are thinking of following Belinda Stronach to the Liberals.

For goodness sakes, let's have the votes on same-sex marriage and the budget now, so we can all get on with enjoying our summer!

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At 3:10 pm, Blogger Rick Barnes said...

The Conservatives hope to gain support from the social conservatives and church activists.

These people will take a delay over passing the legislation. A delay means they can still hold out for devine intervention.

Still this is an overall loser for the Tories. They are seen for what they are and efforts to remake Harper over the summer will do little to soften public opinion of their social conservative side.

Human rights supporters have much to fear here.

The Liberals on the other hand are not helping things. They have the power to bring on the debate. I am surprised the Conservatives have not really thought it out here.

If the the Liberal MPs opposed to same-sex marriage are saying they won't support the NDP Budget amendment if the same-sex bill is passed, the Tories could bring down the government on a money bill.

Perhaps the tories do not want an election afterall. Better wait for the new haircut I guess.


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