PM's LINE IN SAND FUELS ELECTION FEVER
(Thursday’s Globe and Mail)
Parliament will be given three chances over the next two months to plunge the country into a spring election.
The federal government gave notice Wednesday that, in addition to the coming budget and a motion to extend the military mission in Afghanistan, it would also consider failure to pass a crime bill a matter of no-confidence.
The most explosive potential vote would be on the future of the Afghan mission. The Tories want to extend it past the 2009 deadline if NATO agrees to provide 1,000 more troops, as well as helicopters and unmanned aircraft. The NDP and the Bloc Québécois want Canada out of the conflict, while the Liberals have taken a middle road, saying Canada should stay, but that troops should switch to more of a training and rebuilding role.
BRING IT ON, MR. HARPER!
(And, yet, despite my initial exclamatory response to this news, I do have some reservations. One being, does Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion have what it takes to win an election?? I also expect a great deal of political wrangling from all parties as to the issues and the timing of an election.)
And now, on to a matter of international rather than national interest. I have taken part in a meme (an unusual sort of one) that consists of posting a picture of what you see out your kitchen window. Big surprise as to my view.
Lynda of Lulu’s Bay (living in Egypt) and Oreneta (living in Spain) have posted pictures of their views on their blogs. They may be looking at laundry and satellite dishes but they are blessed to be living in warmer and more exotic locales.
Feel free to join in - and let Lynda know if you do. She’s keeping a list of contributor links on her sidebar.