I dont really make long posts. I do rant to my friends. For those that dont get the whole 'Canadian Government' thing, this is how i understand it:
[12:05 PM] American Friend: suspended parliament? huh?
[12:05 PM] Twyst: UGH
[12:05 PM] Twyst: UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH
[12:05 PM] Twyst: So we have a minority government, the conservatives are in power
[12:06 PM] Twyst: however every issue in the house is coming up as a confidence issue, an issue that could topple Parliament and call a new election
[12:06 PM] Twyst: this last election was called cuz Harper (the Conservative PM) , thought that he would win a majority
[12:06 PM] Twyst: he didnt
[12:06 PM] Twyst: and the most recent budget came out with no support for the current economic crisis
[12:07 PM] Twyst: So the other 3 major parties said this is non-confidence, we dont trust this dick
[12:07 PM] Twyst: he also tried to cut funding
[12:07 PM] Twyst: right now, for every vote that a party gets, they get a dollar, i think it is
[12:07 PM] Twyst: which is how most parties that are small stay afloat
[12:07 PM] Twyst: so he tried to cut that
[12:08 PM] American Friend: fuck
[12:08 PM] Twyst: So, the other parties saw thru this
[12:08 PM] Twyst: this was a bid to get rid of the competition
[12:08 PM] Twyst: because the conservatives get a lot a LOT of external funding
[12:09 PM] Twyst: they and the liberals would be the only ones who could afford to stay as parties
[12:09 PM] Twyst: and clearly, because the liberals didnt have enough to get a majority, they wouldn't be running the country for the foreseeable future
[12:09 PM] Twyst: and he could do whatever he wants
[12:10 PM] American Friend: what a monster
[12:10 PM] Twyst: and when i say he is a liar and a villian, i mean it. He was trying to get senators to cross the floor, and side with the conservatives to get more seats
[12:10 PM] Twyst: there was a dude who was literally on his death bed
[12:10 PM] Twyst: dying of cancer
[12:11 PM] Twyst: he admitted, in court that, he tried to buy this guy by saying that he would pay his medical bills and insurance for his family
[12:12 PM] Twyst: SO, the other parties, the NDP, the Liberals and the Bloc (Quebec Separatists) formed a coalition, a party that would share leadership, to oust the PM and jointly rule
[12:12 PM] Twyst: which is fucking amazing
[12:12 PM] Twyst: but of course, Harper is on TV saying the Liberal leader is trying to steal power and that it isnt legal
[12:12 PM] Twyst: which is an out and out lie
[12:12 PM] American Friend: he sounds insane
[12:12 PM] Twyst: But before anything can happen, the Governor General had to approve
[12:12 PM] Twyst: she is the Queen's Representative in Canada
[12:13 PM] Twyst: she is the actual head of the government
[12:13 PM] Twyst: and she listened to Harper, she has suspended Parliament, so now, nothing will happen for over a month, and during that time, Harper is going to try and gain supporters
[12:22 PM] Twyst: Ok, correction: They submitted what amounts to a min-budget that didnt address the economic issues at all. Which lost him favour with the public.
[12:22 PM] American Friend: okay
[12:25 PM] Twyst: So then they form the coalition, and Harper keeps calling the Bloc 'separatists'. Which WAS true, but they found out that it wasnt economically viable to separate.
[12:25 PM] Twyst: They represent Quebec's interests, and the protection of the culture.
[12:26 PM] Twyst: and he forgot to mention that he almost aligned with the Bloc to get powers.
[12:26 PM] Twyst: The issue is that he is misrepresenting what a coalition is, its legality and his interests. Parliament isnt in trouble, his leadership is.
[12:26 PM] Twyst: But now he has the opportunity to gain ground with the suspension until Jan.
*tag team in my History degree toting brother (who also has a post on his blog)*
[12:27 PM] Matt: the other thing that i feel deserves mentioning is that he is basically saying a coalition government is wrong and a non-confidence vote is wrong and undemocratic
[12:27 PM] Matt: even though about 3 years ago TO THE DAY
[12:28 PM] Matt: he did/tried to do the SAME thing
[12:28 PM] Matt: that's how Martin went out