Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Leadership Bubble: Divisions within the Liberal Party Adult Supervision required

Liberal senators blasted by Tories, NDP for blocking crime bill

By Janice Tibbetts and Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service October 6, 2009

NDP Leader Jack Layton also took aim at the senators, criticizing them for not raising concerns about the legislation earlier.
"Unelected senators shouldn't be standing in the way of the unanimous will of the House when it comes to important laws," Layton said. "This is another example why we shouldn't have unelected law makers in this country and that the Senate should be abolished."
Nicholson also criticized Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff for allowing the senators to change the legislation. The justice minister said there's a consensus among Canadians for more laws cracking down on crime, but that the senators are delaying those changes by proposing amendments.

The latest poll was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6. The polling period included the Oct. 1 vote on the Liberals' motion of no-confidence in the minority Tory government — a motion the Conservatives defeated as the NDP decided to abstain. The NDP has vowed to keep the government in power to ensure passage of legislation extending employment insurance benefits.

In recent weeks, the Liberals have launched an increasingly desperate-seeming series of cheap-shot attacks
on Stephen Harper’s government. For the most part, these stunts have hurt no one except the Liberals themselves. But the sniping in regard to the case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud falls into another category: By seeking to undermine civil servants who are protecting Canada from illegal immigration and overseas threats, Liberal smears could make this country a more dangerous place.

The Conservatives are benefitting most from the Liberal slide in Quebec, rising eight points since June to obtain 21% support. The Bloc Québécois leads at 33%, while the NDP has just 13% support. The poll is considered accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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