Today, I joined the Liberal Party

Liberal Party of Canada

Today, after a life-time of supporting the Liberal Party of Canada with my vote, I decided to make it official and support them as a member as well (even made a donation :-)). I hope others, especially in our Macleod riding, do likewise, and I will tell you why in a minute. You can join here.
(I have also put a graphic link to Liberal Bloggers on my sidebar for those of you who may be interested.)

Now, if after next Tuesday the powers that be try to launch a ‘propaganda war’ in order to maintain power, then people should read the following before jumping to false conclusions, and/or convictions of right or wrong, or them and us.

Thanks to CuriosityCat for this…


If, as many Canadians hope, the three opposition parties vote against the Harper government on the vote of confidence next week, the Governor General will have to decide what to do. In doing so, she will follow certain well established parliamentary conventions.

Because so many Canadians do not know enough about how these conventions work, a group of 39 eminent constitutional lawyers have published their legal conclusions regarding what the GG should do, based on our parliamentary government system.

Their conclusion is:

“It is our opinion that in the event of a non-confidence vote or a request for dissolution of Parliament after only 13 sitting days of the House of Commons, the Governor General would be well-advised to call the leader of the opposition to attempt to form a government”.

Their reasoning may be summarized as follows:

1. According to the principle of responsible government, the government must enjoy the confidence of the House of Commons in order to govern legitimately. Our Constitution requires that the Prime Minister and the cabinet, not being elected directly by the people, enjoy the support of a majority of the elected members of Parliament.

2. In a minority situation, the Prime Minister cannot claim to have “won” a right to govern. At best, he or she can claim to have the right to try to sustain the confidence of the House. (The Tories are dead wrong when they argue otherwise).

3. When a minority government loses the confidence of the House, the Governor General is no longer bound by the advice of the Prime Minister. The Governor General must then exercise what is known as her “personal prerogatives”.

4. She may dissolve parliament and call for a new election or, if the elections have been held relatively recently (opinions range between 6 and 9 months), she may invite the leader of another party to attempt to form a government that would enjoy the confidence of the House of Commons.

5. When the Governor General exercises her personal prerogatives and decides whether or not to dissolve Parliament or call the opposition parties to form a new government, she must act in a judicial manner, with total impartiality.

6. “It is our opinion that in the event of a non-confidence vote or a request for dissolution of Parliament after only 13 sitting days of the House of Commons, the Governor General would be well-advised to call the leader of the opposition to attempt to form a government. This would be most appropriate in the circumstances where that leader has already gathered the assurance that he would enjoy the support of a majority of votes on any issue of confidence for the next year or so. The principle of democracy would be protected in so far as the new government would enjoy the support of a majority of the elected officials. This would ensure the stability of our political system.”

There you have it.

By the end of next week, Canadians could have a new government, a Liberal one, supported by the majority of the MPs in our duly elected parliament, lead by Michael Igatieff, in coalition with the NDP, and with the Bloc having agreed not to vote against it in any confidence motions for 18 months.

And then this new government can set about protecting Canadians from the ravages of the recession which has sent the world reeling.

And all this can be done in accordance with our democratic parliamentary conventions.


Note: What Obama did in the States we need to do here. Mobilization of forces needs to take place and joining up and getting involved is the first step. That’s why, today, I became a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.


…. everything has simply become to big… The government merely takes money from the citizens in the form of taxes and hands it back to them in the form of welfare, less the paying of politicians and bureaucrats.

from John Prince
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8 Responses to Today, I joined the Liberal Party

  1. John

    I may be wrong but I think you will hear comments on Tuesday/Wednesday. Such as “we do not have complete confidence in the Harper government, to turn around the Canadian ecconomy. But over the last month the Canadian taxpayers have made it clear to us that through these difficult times, it is important that all parties work together to get the ecconomy moving in the right direction. So recognizing the wishes of taxpayers, the Liberal party of Canada despite many misgiving will put aside politics for the time being and work with the Harper government for the betterment of all Canadians.
    Michael Igatieff

    I’m sure they will use far more elegant words than mine, but time will tell.

  2. Gary Taje says:

    Good on you John. It would be good to see some significant movement in Canadian politics.
    By the way Have you ever heard Tommy Douglas’s Mouse Land Fable? I was gonna post it on my blog but here it is.
    It’s the story of a place called Mouseland. Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do.

    They even had a Parliament. And every four years they had an election. Used to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got a ride to the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too. Just like you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats.

    Now if you think it strange that mice should elect a government made up of cats, you just look at the history of Canada for last 90 years and maybe you’ll see that they weren’t any stupider than we are.

    Now I’m not saying anything against the cats. They were nice fellows. They conducted their government with dignity. They passed good laws–that is, laws that were good for cats. But the laws that were good for cats weren’t very good for mice. One of the laws said that mouseholes had to be big enough so a cat could get his paw in. Another law said that mice could only travel at certain speeds–so that a cat could get his breakfast without too much effort.

    All the laws were good laws. For cats. But, oh, they were hard on the mice. And life was getting harder and harder. And when the mice couldn’t put up with it any more, they decided something had to be done about it. So they went en masse to the polls. They voted the black cats out. They put in the white cats.

    Now the white cats had put up a terrific campaign. They said: “All that Mouseland needs is more vision.” They said:”The trouble with Mouseland is those round mouseholes we got. If you put us in we’ll establish square mouseholes.” And they did. And the square mouseholes were twice as big as the round mouseholes, and now the cat could get both his paws in. And life was tougher than ever. And when they couldn’t take that anymore, they voted the white cats out and put the black ones in again. Then they went back to the white cats. Then to the black cats. They even tried half black cats and half white cats. And they called that coalition. They even got one government made up of cats with spots on them: they were cats that tried to make a noise like a mouse but ate like a cat.

    You see, my friends, the trouble wasn’t with the colour of the cat. The trouble was that they were cats. And because they were cats, they naturally looked after cats instead of mice.

    Presently there came along one little mouse who had an idea. My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea. And he said to the other mice, “Look fellows, why do we keep on electing a government made up of cats? Why don’t we elect a government made up of mice?” “Oh,” they said, “he’s a Bolshevik. Lock him up!”

    So they put him in jail.

    But I want to remind you: that you can lock up a mouse or a man but you can’t lock up an idea.

  3. John Prince says:


    After Tuesday/Wednesday when the coalition forms government (I hope) it will be interesting to see if the conservatives pay heed to your comments with respect to it is important that all parties work together to get the economy moving in the right direction.

    Somehow I think not, because Harper has proven time and again that he cannot put aside politics for the betterment of all Canadians. Yesterday’s, leaking of the budget is yet another example. Cheap political opportunism is what he is all about at a time when many are suffering and fearful for their and their families’ futures. He just can’t help himself, but we can… we can get rid of him!

    And that is exactly what will happen next week, next month, or whenever. But it will be happening soon; as it is inevitable that his day in the sun is over. Over the last couple of months, he has just blown it with the majority of Canadians who now realize he is not the type of leader we need during these trying times. In my opinion, a coalition government would do much better at protecting ordinary Canadians.

  4. John I agree with you on one thing, the Steven Harper era is coming to an end. But the coalition will not be the cause, I think it will happen internally. The Conservatives will never win a majority with Harper leading them.

  5. John Prince says:


    Now this one I have heard before, but the Cream Separator story you posted on your site, I never did hear that one. Thanks for sharing both of these.

    Both of these story’s by Tommy point out in a funny but poignant way how foolish people can be by allowing Fat cats to run things, instead of themselves. Pretty much like here, where we keep electing a Fat cat who helps himself and his Fat cat friends, while doing absolutely nothing for the mice, except leaving them in debt and with the cupboards bare.

  6. John Prince says:


    I agree with you, I think Harper’s days are numbered in more ways than one.

    btw/ I will be posting a comment on your last blog posting later in the day. I would have done it earlier, but have been preoccupied by the sudden accidental death of a close friend.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The story of the mice and the cats was great! What Canada needs right now is solid Liberal leadership

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