Friday, October 08, 2004

Saved by the Bell

Our minority government was saved yesterday by a last second revision of the Bloc Amendment to the Throne Speach. The revised version simply asks that the federal government "respect the provinces areas of jurisdiction" and also suggest "imbalances may be alleviated". The new wording was found acceptable by the Conservatives and the Liberals -- both of whom opposed the previous wording.

Prime Minister Martin has navigated his way around his first potential disaster. However, rumours are already swirling of another amendment -- this time put forth by the Conservatives -- which could once again threaten to derail this government.

We Canadians must prepare ourselves for such situation to become politics as usual over the coming months. Had the Liberals or NDPs managed to win one more seat a viable coalition might have formed. However, the current situation actually forces governing by consensus -- something our MPs are not used to doing.

3 Comments:

Blogger Caurus said...

Thank god. Two elections in a year would be a disaster. It would make us look like a third world country.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Pity, we could have gotten a reasonable government.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Marina974 said...

Or our politicians could actually try to compromise for once in their lives.

5:01 PM  

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