Opposition “coup” attempt drives Canadians to Conservatives

posted at 10:00 am on December 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

How well did Stephane Dion’s attempt to unseat the plurality Conservative government play with the Canadian electorate?  About as well as his fumbled speech.  A new poll shows that a majority of Canadians would have wanted a new election instead, and that 46% would support the Conservatives — higher than during the last election:

Almost three-quarters of Canadians say they are “truly scared” for the future of the country and a solid majority say they would prefer another election to having the minority Conservative government replaced by a coalition led by Stephane Dion, a new Ipsos-Reid poll says.

The poll also indicates Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives would romp to a majority victory with a record 46 per cent public support if an election were held today.

The survey suggests Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean was in tune with public opinion across the country when she agreed Thursday to suspend, or prorogue Parliament until Jan. 26 at the request of Harper. Almost seven in 10 of those surveyed Tuesday and Wednesday gave prorogation a thumbs up.

The Tories also were deemed by almost six in 10 Canadians to be the best managers of the economy in these troubling times.

And you thought Plaxico Burress was the only one who shot himself in the leg in the last week!  The Liberals, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois made a serious error.  For some strange reason, they assumed that the voters had thoroughly regretted the votes cast just seven weeks earlier and would welcome their leadership — even though voters had sent more Conservatives to Parliament in October and Dion himself had already agreed to resign his Liberal Party leadership position as a result of his failure.

Now, not only have they confirmed that Conservatives make better leaders even in these troubled times, they’ve also convinced a majority that shutting down Parliament is a great idea, too.  That means that the Liberals, NDP, and BQ won’t have any relevance at all for the next two months.  And Canadians welcome that development.  Looks like the Dion/Layton strategy worked wonders … for Harper.

Calling this a “coup” is, of course, a bit tongue-in-cheek.  What the opposition did is legal, but a radical departure from parliamentary tradition.  It’s as close to a coup as Canadians will ever come, which is probably why the opposition frightened three-quarters of the electorate with their action, and why they’ve destroyed their credibility for leadership with a majority of voters.

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With all due respect to Ed’s story, there is a much funnier version of Three Stooges here.

BigD on December 5, 2008 at 10:04 AM

As Rush would say, “Conservatism works every times it’s tried”. We’ve had two examples of that in the last two days.

Tommy_G on December 5, 2008 at 10:04 AM

One of the local MPs is from the NDP party (not my riding, thank goodness) and she was on the radio the other day defending the coalition’s actions. The gist of the argument was that we had to do something about this economic crisis and solve climate change.

Yes, she said it in the same breath.

landshark on December 5, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Remember when Israel attacked brave little Hezbollah and we proudly stated that we were all Hezbollah now. Well now that Harper prorogued Parliment …..WE ARE ALL PEROGIES NOW!

BL@KBIRD on December 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM

So Celine is no longer the worst Dion in Canada?

rbj on December 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Here’s hoping to see long-term Conservative leadership in Canada!

CP on December 5, 2008 at 10:18 AM

It was a crazy week up here.

CanadianGuy on December 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

And you thought Plaxico Burress was the only one who shot himself in the leg in the last week!

At least Burress was aware that “something” was slipping away……unlike the Canadian electorate that attempted to move to the right politically. What a mess.

“The opposition is attempting to impose this deal without your say, without your consent, and without your vote,” Mr. Harper said during the televised address. “This is no time for backroom deals…. It is a time for Canada’s government to focus on the economy and, specifically, measures for the upcoming budget.” ….Harper

“Whatever the outcome, some pundits say the government is heading for a rocky and short reign. “We’re likely to see an extended period of political mayhem,” Professor Young says. “Even if Harper somehow manages to hang on, it’s going to be a very acrimonious parliament.”

Can the U.S. government really be that far behind?

Rovin on December 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Your best post to date, Ed. I love the caption and image too :)

AlexB on December 5, 2008 at 10:26 AM

a coup de’ flop

normsrevenge on December 5, 2008 at 10:26 AM

You go Harper! Keep on going, some expats might be moving back in the next few years, depending on what happens in the socialist country of USA.

Bambi on December 5, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I for one, would have preferred an election call. Even thought the last one was 7 weeks ago, what is another 15-30 mins. out of my day to go down to the town hall and place another vote for the Conservatives. Not that it matters in my riding (rural north-east)- our Conservative rep ALWAYS gets in with a sounding majority. To all of the Yanks who think that all of Canada is a red socialist’s dream, take a look at an electoral map – the red you see in Ontario tends to be surrounded by a beautiful hue of blue outside of Toronto :)

pcbedamned on December 5, 2008 at 10:41 AM

With current polling and we (still haven’t gotten the results for some of the most egregious days yet) the Conservatives look to get at least a 20 seat majority. The “coalition” didn’t shoot themselves in the leg, they’ve shot themselves in the head.

The media spin that Harper has been damaged is being proved to be utter tripe. We’re going to crush these fools very, very soon and it’s going to be epic.

libertarianuberalles on December 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM

When it comes to politics, it seems a good rule of thumb for success is to carefully analyze anything Stephane Dion does, and then do the exact opposite.

ExUrbanKevin on December 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It was a crazy week up here.

CanadianGuy on December 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Yeah, with all that political stuff and the donut-stacking contest at Tim Hortons’s, it was a wild one!

mr.blacksheep on December 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Know what they call Canadian bacon in Canada? Ham.

Akzed on December 5, 2008 at 10:53 AM

FYI in Canadian politics, blue = conservatives, red =… reds.

Like it should be here.

drunyan8315 on December 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM

When it comes to politics, it seems a good rule of thumb for success is to carefully analyze anything Stephane Dion does, and then do the exact opposite.

LOL. Darn straight. He’s such a frigging moron.

It’s funny as all get out. Everyone I know in Canada swore up and down on a stack of Bibles that if another election was called, they would ALL vote conservative. Even the ones who are normally die hard Libs.

Go Steven Harper!

mjk on December 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM

So Celine is no longer the worst Dion in Canada?

rbj on December 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Of course not. We flogged her off to the States years ago.

Jim708 on December 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM

It’s interesting to note that in Canada, the conservative party has tacitly conceded defeat on the issue of gay marraige and would no doubt be labeled as a bunch of RINOs on social issues by most of the commentators here. Fiscally they are much more conservative than the Republican party even though it looks as if the budget will drop out of surplus this year (sadly I think even the liberals in Canada would make more of an effort to maintain balanced budgets than the Republicans have).

Just to stir the pot here, is this the future of the GOP following years in the wilderness?

sublime on December 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Obama, were you paying attention?

This is how you do the overreach thing properly.

♥♥♥Viva Canada♥♥♥

hillbillyjim on December 5, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Stooges? Did anybody get hit in the face with a pie? A bottle of maple suryp? A hockey stick? A human rights complaint?

Anything?

Stephane Dion: Waiter? Can I get some parmesan cheese with my humiliation, si vous plait? Mmmmm…magnifique!

Lamontyoubigdummy on December 5, 2008 at 11:25 AM

There is one serious issue about this that most people are missing and it shows that the Liberal and NDP parties in Canada are in locstep with Gore, Obama, and the rest of the libs here in the states is that today, Gov. Palin and Harper’s govt was to formally sign a deal that would allow for the pipeline to be built to supply more oil to the states. Now, nothing can happen until the end of January

ConservativePartyNow on December 5, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I still blame that dick, Scott.

grdred944 on December 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

The one on the left looks like Lenin.

Entelechy on December 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM

WE ARE ALL PEROGIES NOW!

BL@KBIRD on December 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Heh, the Russian kind :)

Entelechy on December 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM

The government may still fall in January, but it is looking more and more likely like the Conservatives won this round. Which is sweet, if it holds up.

Gaunilon on December 5, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Just another example of what is really going on in Canada as well as in America. We have been in a conservative leadership vacuum here for too long. If the electorate in Canada is fed up with liberals, there has got to be a similar undercurrent here in the US.
I would even submit that the very reason McCain lost, was because too many people had principles they just could not compromise on, and Palin as VP was just not enough to overcome who McCain has been the last 8 years.

JellyToast on December 5, 2008 at 12:03 PM

And an analogy for leftie trolls and for regular, American readers:

Imagine if you will if these professors were confronted with a situation in which their favorite Party, the NDP, had won more than 140 seats in the House of Commons. Imagine if the NDP had double the seat total of the Conservatives. Imagine what would happen if the Conservatives had then gotten together with two other parties, one of them being an Alberta Only party and then perhaps the Christian Heritage Party, one that would be supporting Capital Punishment and Opposing Abortion. Imagine if the Conservative Party with their right of centre coalition partners including a party dedicated to the Independence of Alberta. Imagine if the Conservatives signed a document with these smaller parties and presented that to the Governor General and said, “We have ourselves a legitimate, constitutional, coalition of elected members who have lost confidence in the government led by Jack Layton. He must face the house. He must face defeat, and we must now come to you Governor General, your excellency and pick up the keys to a new government.”

And an even better analogy and a link to Mark Steyn explaining it all:

Canada was stunned Monday when it was announced that The Stanley Cup will be awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, possibly as early as December 6th.

The cup will be stripped from from 2008 playoff champions the Detroit Red Wings and be awarded to the Leafs, who didn’t even make the playoffs.

How is this possible, Canadians ask?

Well, the Leafs have formed a coalition with eastern conference semifinalists the Montreal Canadians, and conference quarter finalists the Ottawa Senators, now outnumbering the Red Wings.

According to current Leaf coach Ron Wilson “the Red Wings have lost the confidence of the league and should hand the cup over immediately to our coalition”.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is cutting short a European trip to try to resolve the unprecedented hockey crisis that could force a second playoff series, or see an opposing team coalition take the cup.

And re. perogies, are you trying to sew up the vote in Saskatchewan?
8^)

andycanuck on December 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM

and why they’ve destroyed their credibility for leadership with a majority of voters.

By all means, I hope their counterparts here do the same.

Hawkins1701 on December 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Second look at Canada!!!

stefanite on December 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Many Canadians saw the ploy for what it was – nothing but a blatant attempt at a power grab and nothing to do with “managing an economic crisis” and that’s why the support for Harper has gone up. Some of that increase will no doubt fade as this issue passes but if another election happens in the next little while you can bet the Conservatives will be reminding the voters of this ploy at every opportunity. It could haunt the Liberals and NDP for a long time to come.

Paradox Drive on December 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Which is why I’m glad I’m American. At least for now.
I fear for our future.
Thank God Canada is starting to get some sense.

Badger40 on December 5, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Yup.
Tasha Kheiriddin, a Quebecer and Director of the Fraser Institute* Forward Operating Base-Quebec also explained some of the details.

*The Fraser Institute is Canada’s Heritage and a free-market think tank.

HotAirJosef on December 5, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Know what they call Canadian bacon in Canada? Ham.

Akzed on December 5, 2008 at 10:53 AM
——

Uhhhh, no.

Dave Rywall on December 5, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Makes me glad to be a Canadian :)

My mother has been asking me non stop in the past few weeks whether she should sell all her investments if this ploy were to succeed… My mother – the most apolitical person I’ve ever met – even she was scared by this stupid ploy. I can just imagine what the average Canadian must feel…

I hope Dion stays as head of the Liberal party. We need him to keep doing stupid sh*t to remind Canada how dumb the Liberals really are.

drunyan8315 on December 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Agreed. Red is the colour of socialist revolution, not of conservatives.

AlexB on December 5, 2008 at 1:17 PM

If Harper was damaged by this, it is pretty much a flesh wound, whereas Layton has shot Dion in the groin and he is slowly bleeding to death, though no sexual organs were hit (or even present).

holdfast on December 5, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I still blame that dick, Scott.

grdred944 on December 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Could be. After all, it is ‘Christmas in Canada…’

CaptFlood on December 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM

News flash:

The Canadians fighting in Afganistan and their supporters are many.

And the Canadians who think “America asked for it” on 9/11 are also legion.

And. These. Are. Two. Different. Groups. Of. Canadians.

Both exist in the same nation.

fivefeetoffury on December 5, 2008 at 1:55 PM

One of the local MPs is from the NDP party (not my riding, thank goodness) and she was on the radio the other day defending the coalition’s actions. The gist of the argument was that we had to do something about this economic crisis and solve climate change.

Yes, she said it in the same breath.

landshark on December 5, 2008 at 10:05 AM

One of the oddest beliefs of leftists is that many of their most expensive programs come with no price, and often generate more economic activity.

We certainly could dramatically lower our carbon emissions, but it would come at a dramatic cost. The notion that we can increase taxes and enact draconians regulations and earn money for business is insanity.

But then again, it may be that many leftist leaders understand this – Europe, as the most obvious example, has done essentially nothing about carbon emissions because it is too expensive.

18-1 on December 5, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The one on the left looks like Lenin.

Entelechy on December 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM

As well he should. That is, after all, Taliban Jack Layton. Leader of the New Democrat Party, the most left wing of the main stream partys.

He wants to negotiate with the Taliban, but every time we suggest he go right ahead and head over there for talks, he has is washing his hair or waxing his stache.

Jim708 on December 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Ask for “back bacon” or “peameal bacon” if you’re on holiday in Canada, Akzed, if you want the real thing. (That’s not like what U.S. supermarkets call “Canadian bacon”.)

Mmm. Bacon.

Mmm. No socialist pork.

andycanuck on December 5, 2008 at 2:34 PM

We call in back bacon

holdfast on December 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

News flash:

The Canadians fighting in Afganistan and their supporters are many.

And the Canadians who think “America asked for it” on 9/11 are also legion.

And. These. Are. Two. Different. Groups. Of. Canadians.

Both exist in the same nation.

fivefeetoffury on December 5, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Maybe in Alberta, but in Toronto they all hate America.

KillerKane on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Right on, Ed — you nailed it! Cept, I will call the “coalition” a coup, even though as you point out what the opposition did is technically legal – this is a disgraceful act. Canadians just exited the voting booth and voted Stephen Harper their PM a little over a month ago. Only to have their vote nullified by the greed and pride of these 3 Stooges? This as a Power Grab by a few politicians no longer looking out for the People of Canada, but for themselves. It is my prayer that Canadians everywhere flood the streets in protest and oppose this coalition of the Three Stooges. It may be the only way they can turn this scam around and protect the integrity of their government. It will be interesting to follow this and see what happens. As an aside, I think Harper is a Christian and he is very pro-American. Two great reasons to support him!

apacalyps on December 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Well put, Ed, although I would suggest that while Dion and Layton shot themselves in the leg on this one (and by extension, did so for their parties as well), Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc will come away from this with more clout than they previously had in Quebec. He wasn’t going to be a direct party to this “coalition,” only to keeping it in power and voting against the Conservatives. He won street cred for separatists.

Just another reason why Canadians should loathe the Libs/NDP right now.

Red Cloud on December 5, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Don’t forget to hit up the rallies tomorrow, Canadian peeps!!

http://www.rallyforcanada.com

emmaline1138 on December 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Oops, wrong link!! Wow, those sneaky bastards…

http://www.rallyforcanada.CA

emmaline1138 on December 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Maybe in Alberta, but in Toronto they all hate America.

KillerKane on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

That is because Toronto is made up of most of the Immigrants who come to Canada and are willing to believe anything the ‘party that wants to give us the most for nothing’. The province of Ontario DOES NOT consist of just Toronto. Many, and I mean MANY of the people of Ontario are Conservative. The reason that the Yanks, and Alberta think we are all ‘reds’ is because the MSM is run out of TORONTO. It does not reflect the rest of the vast land that is Ontario. (Alberta, are you paying attention?!?)

pcbedamned on December 6, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Interesting, but Jay Cost and current it’s not.

Curmudgeon on March 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM