The conservatives should be fell and a coalition between the liberals and the NDP should be formed. I will first suggest why and then suggest the political framing and sundry benefits of a coalition.
First-off, it would be ridiculous to assume that the Cons parlour tricks are going to end here. It is going to be one Rovian blind side after another and will in fact jam the legislature so that nothing productive can get done. Which serves the Cons just fine. It serves the Cons just fine because they do not have any idea how they are going to govern during a downturn without further alienating their base and their ideology for that matter.
Second following that it is clear that the conservatives do not have a clue about what is at the root cause of the global downturn. Why do the Cons think the IMF has been advising 2% of GDP fiscal stimulus packages all around? The Cons do not know how to think in these terms. More than any other party they are ideologically blinded with respect to fiscal stimulus. In short the Cons do not do rational economic planning. Even the phrase sends them into deep trauma.
That brings me to the political frame. The liberals and the NDP should announce a unity coalition under the auspices of an emergency government to deal with the economic crisis. If possible bring the Bloc in. Fiscal stimulus means everyone can be bought off (i.e., their sacred projects funded).
The liberals do not have a leader. That is even better. No big heads to get in the way. And the beauty for the liberals is that when they do elect their leader he or she can walk into the prime ministers office and run in the next election as the incumbent PM. The quid pro quo for getting the PMO should be the NDP getting Finance.
Some days it is like I have direct hook-up to the collective progressive consciousness.
Check the framing of the issue.
The Liberal motion, which has the approval of the NDP and Bloc Quebecois, reads:
“In light of the government’s failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada’s economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present House of Commons.”
A source says the opposition parties have agreed that Liberal Leader Stephane Dion would lead the government for the next few months.