April 13, 2005

Who Doesn't Love the Canadian Conservatives?

99% of the people who know me, know that I can't stand the Conservatives, especially now that they've been hi-jacked by the Alliance. Social Conservatives; who needs them?! Fiscal Conservatives are at least tolerable to some degree... Anyway, I find the sudden rush by the Conservatives, and even the other opposition parties, to press for an election solely based on the fact that the public has really only heard 'damning testimony' in the Gomery Inquiry somwhat bothersome. The problem with this is that the inquiry isn't finished. No results have been put forth, no real rebuttals have been presented, etc. So what we don't have is the final verdict and a full set of facts yet since nothing has been proven. But the truth doesn't matter according to Harper. He doesn't need to hear the final results, he already has enough unproven ammo to condemn the Liberals. This is exactly the type of crap you can expect from pretty almost all political parties, however, I find calling a election now more troublesome because there's a chance it will stop the readings of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill. Earier this week the Conservatives tried to reaffirm the tradtional definition of marriage in the house, despite most experts saying they couldn't really do this unless they invoked the NotWithStanding Clause of our Constitution. Even with this knowledge they pressed on with their quest. Naturally, it lost. Since then they've basically been confirming they will be calling an election. In all my cynical wisdom I've realized (with no actual proof) that the reaffirmation of marriage was a test. They really wanted to see how much detraction there was in the Liberal ranks over same-sex marriage and to see if there were enough detractors to see if the Same-Sex Marriage Bill will get passed. Since the Conservatives motion was tossed, it seems as though they got their answer and now their response is to force an election, probably before the Bill gets its last reading and becomes law. The election is equally about being opportunists in the wake of the Gomery Inquiry and about defying our Constitutional right of equality in regards to same-sex marriage. Harper stated they had a back-up plan if their traditional marriage motion were to fail... the election call was probably it!

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