By Ryan McGreal
Published April 30, 2009
CTV reports on a Conservative Party strategy to block the Liberal resurgence by ... wait for it ... cooperating with the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois to avoid a non-confidence vote and an election that they will probably lose.
In exchange for continued support, the Bloc seeks tax harmonization with the federal government and improvements to Employment Insurance. The NDP also wants changes to EI, plus more pension protection and stricter rules for credit card companies.
Of course, this is precisely the way Parliament is supposed to work: the governing party is supposed to introduce legislation that has the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons so that it can retain the confidence of the House.
At the time, Harper managed to avoid the defeat of his government in a non-confidence vote by successfully petitioning the Governer General to prorogue Parliament and avoid facing the elected House of Commons until announcing the 2009 Federal budget in January.
By that time, the Liberal Party had replaced lame duck leader Stéphane Dion with Michael Ignatieff, who decided that the Liberal Party's agenda could better be served by withdrawing from a coalition with the NDP (and supported by the Bloc) and biding his time until public sentiment shifted away from the Conservatives.
Public polling data since January has shown a steady slide in public support for the Conservatives as voters have shifted back to the Liberals.
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