Election Talk (5)

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JKR wrote:

Harper likely does not want to be seen giving a huge multi billion dollar gift to Quebec in the middle of an election. He probably does not want to take the chance of losing many seats in places like Ontario, BC, the Atlantic region and the Prairies in order to protect a few seats in Quebec.

If the Reform party were still around, they'd be busy making ads with Harper and his Quebec MP's wearing Quebec Nordiques jerseys.

Duceppe was asked in interviews yesterday what would happen if the Cons anounce an HST deal in the middle of the campaign.  Duceppe said that would actually be good for the BQ and not the Cons because the BQ would be able to show Quebec its hard work of pressuring the Cons had finally paid off.


Harper government likely to fall Friday, Layton urges tories to negotiate

NDP Leader Jack Layton said he might still support the government if there are changes he can accept.

"There's still a little bit of time," he said. "I know that Mr. Harper and Mr. Flaherty are saying that they can't possibly talk about amending the budget. I don't know why. What's the big obstacle to that? Others have done it before."

Paul Martin's Liberal minority government amended its budget in 2005 to meet NDP demands and avoid an election.

Layton said he doesn't hold out much hope that Harper will bend, adding that will mean the government will fall either to a budget vote or a Liberal non-confidence motion -- both expected Friday.





Underestimating Harper would be a tragic mistake and we can't afford to do that.


Closed. Thanks NR.


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