Harper slams Liberal/NDP “backroom deal”, forgets he came to power through “backroom deal” himself

ndp-liberal-coalitionThe hypocrisy is palpable.

From the National Post:

“OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, faced with threats from the opposition parties to defeat his government on Monday, says the Liberals are trying to achieve power through a “backroom deal” and the House of Commons will have the opportunity to vote on the confidence motion on Dec. 8.”

Is the Canadian public and media’s memory span so short that we forget the very fact that Harper created and then came to lead the newly-created Conservative Party of Canada through a “backroom deal” with MacKay?  Actually it’s worse than that because Harper made himself what he is today through making “backroom deals” with Peter MacKay who had himself made “backroom deals” with David Orchard to get himself into power.  Actually, it’s worse than even that:  MacKay and Harper were making “backroom deals” (the PC/Alliance talks) on top of “backroom deals” (the MacKay/Orchard Pact), the latter of which actually forbade the very existence of negotiations or — you guessed it — “backroom deals” between the former PCs and Canadian Alliance.

I don’t seem to remember Harper thinking “backroom deals” were so bad when he was the chief beneficiary of them.


See also:

It may be necessary, but remember that NDP/Liberal coalitions are like abusive marriages

Tory strategy in framing the public financing debate is intellectually dishonest at best

The coalition must go forth even though Harper has retreated


6 Responses to “Harper slams Liberal/NDP “backroom deal”, forgets he came to power through “backroom deal” himself”

  1. 1 MrvnMouse 28 November, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Regardless, it’s good to see you are for the coalition though. :)

  2. 2 asdf 28 November, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    great posts. keep’m coming.

    check out what harper used to say about delaying opposition days and confidence votes:

    the cons are unbelievable.

  3. 3 Trelov 28 November, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    What?????? Stephen Harper was ELECTED Prime Minister of Canada. The liberals got their lowest percentage of the popular vote since sometime in the 1800’s. Do you think that Stephan Dion is a worthy prime minister? What an embarrassment!

  4. 4 Ronja 29 November, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    You say you are against “one party rule” – please explain what kind of rule Chretien had for too many years!! Anything goes as long as I am the chief!

    Coalitions do not work, there is always infighting. You are for a coalition because the liberals do not have enough MPs, and therefore need to reach out. It would be great if coalitions worked, but big EGOS always interfere.

    I find it repulsive that the Opposition is plotting a take over. This tells me they want POWER at ANY price, they care for themselves only. If the Opposition were real servants for Canadians they would work WITH the government and PM Harper!

  5. 5 asdf 29 November, 2008 at 5:24 pm


    See link: Constitutional experts support coalition government.

    The Con ideologues don’t understand how Parliamentary government’s work.

  6. 6 Scott 30 November, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Actually, it’s worse than even THAT. From The Toronto Star:

    >>But opposition MPs are accusing the Prime Minister of hypocrisy, charging that Harper is overlooking his own efforts to forge a coalition to replace Paul Martin’s minority Liberal government in 2004.

    >>Harper, then Conservative leader, even joined with NDP Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe to write then-governor general Adrienne Clarkson, urging her to look at “options” if Martin’s government fell in the fall of 2004, mere months after it won a minority mandate on June 28.

    >>”We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation,” read the Sept. 9, 2004, letter from the three leaders.
    When in opposition Harper sought to put together a coalition in the event of the Liberal government falling (if governor general dissolved).

    Article: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/546135

    Oh yeah: it is pretty much understood by everyone now that Stephan Dion would not be leader of the coalition due to the fact that he was overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate.

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