Monday, 28 March 2011

Monday News and Notes

Weekend Wrap Up

Coalition: A coalition is an alliance among individuals or groups, during which they cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause.

It came as no surprise that a possible coalition was the main issue over the weekend coming from the Conservative party, with Stephen Harper saying on Saturday, "Canadians need to understand clearly, without any ambiguity: unless Canadians elect a stable, national majority, Mr. Ignatieff will form a coalition with the NDP and Bloc Québécois".

Michael Ignatieff issued a statement through the Liberal party where they say, "We will not enter a coalition with other federalist parties. In our system, coalitions are a legitimate constitutional option. However, I believe that issue-by-issue collaboration with other parties is the best way for minority Parliaments to function." The statement also categorically ruled out a coalition with the Bloc.

This has not slowed down the Conservatives hammering away on a Coalition with the usual talking points being repeated again today in questions on the contempt ruling.

EDIT: So CPAC has released this video from 2004 where the (then) opposition parties announced their cooperation - but went out of their way on several occasions to make clear that it was not a coalition.

Happening Today

The Conservative party outlined a tax cut for families with children to share up to $50,000 of their income for tax purposes. These changes would not take effect until the budget has balanced. 1.8 Million Canadian Households will be effected (slightly above 14% of total households), saving an average of $1300. The Liberal leader dismissed the idea saying it's "not credible"

The Liberals said today that they will release their full platform within the week. Today the focus was on "Conservative Waste".

More to come this week and beyond I'm sure.

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