Thursday, February 11, 2010

Liberals lay out demands for cancelling their vacations

For all the huffing and puffing the Liberals have been bloviating about the number of days parliament is sitting, I find it curious that they would now lay out a list of demands before they cancel their vacations to make up for the days lost to prorogation. So what's the deal, you guys feel the need to extract a pound of flesh or you will defy the government by going on spring break? What if your demands are not met? Does that mean you will take that trip to Barbados? I thought your fearless leader already approved the reassigned days of parliamentary sitting? I suppose his support was a "premature pronunciation"; as he did not stop to consider what concessions he could extort from the PMO.  Which caucus colleague talked you into this exit strategy Mike?  Did John MacCallum book a "sweet ass" vacation to Tijuana that he doesn't want to cancel?  I know Justin wants to party in Havana, but this democracy we're talking about!

Time machines do not exist. You already announced your support. You can't go back and say, wait a minute, we forgot to release a list of demands before we agreed to support the initiative that we initially supported. Among their "new" demands, they want full access to all Ministers all day every day. If Lawrence Canon is in Haiti on a humanitarian relief mission and Bob Rae wants to complain about some perceived malfeasance, pack your bags Lawrence and leave on that jet plane. They would also like a number of additional opposition days in March (I could speculate what they'd like to do on those days); though the request is a bit rich considering how many current Liberal MPs were in caucus, even Cabinet, when Paul Martin cancelled all opposition days for several months to hide from the Sponsorship Scandal.

It gets even better, as is often the case in the land of Liberal press releases. Apparently Iggy missed the announcement that parliamentary committees will resume immediately when parliament is back in session, because today he demanded something that had already been promised by the Prime Minister before he's willing to cancel his spring vacation. Where were you going to go for your vacation Mike? I hear Stalingrad is a nice place to visit this time of year...

"Little pig, little pig, let me in!

Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!"

Now if I might humour you with a music video from my youth that is an appropriate musical metaphor for the Big Bad Iggy...

"the moral of the story is that bands with no talent can easily amuse idiots with a stupid puppet show!"


  1. Give them nothing.

    Let them be missing in action.

    Or let them show up and once again be seen as cowed.

  2. Hard ball politics plays well to their base. I think that's what this is about.

    Calgary Junkie

  3. Let's see choices! they can vote non-confidance if they don't like the extra days. It would be rich indeed and a very hard sell to the Canadian public after all the whinin' about the "death of Democracy" They could also just be "absent" of course that begs the question , would anyone notice?

  4. Just like they boycotted all things Olympic, saying they were going to be on Ottawa 'hard at work', and who's been at the Olympics playing with Colbert? (sp?) Liberals. There has not been one single thing or person in Iggy's life that he has been consistent with or loyal to. Including Canada.