A tale of two coalitions

As some people have requested it on Twitter, here is my translation in English of my original text in French. A few things were modified.

I don’t like politics based on mud shoveling.

Today, however, on the news, Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe is comparing a  »coalition » proposal in 2004 to the one in 2008.

First of all, compare by yourself the two documents:

2004: http://bit.ly/fIeItv

2008: http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/pdf/1201policy.pdf

But, I am wondering, are politicians are thinking that we cannot read? Maybe that this 2004 « coalition » example fits well in a soundbyte. But honestly, I think that with a election campaign with such half-truths, in a few years, only one-third of the population will bother showing up at the polls.

And again, between 2004 and 2005, the NDP were actually  in some sort of ad-hoc case-by-case coalition with the Liberals, just like a short-lived non-formal coalition between 1972 and 1974 during Trudeau’s premiership.

As per, Gilles Duceppe should talk a little bit about his flip-flop on the firearms registry, which seems to me that’s he’s changing a lot of his position based on the party which is in government and that a coherent position for Duceppe would have been that he was against the registry because this was not a federal matter of interest. Either way, no wonder, then a number of people are very skeptical of politicians.

Remember again, this famous handshake between Gilles Duceppe and Stéphane Dion in the end of 2008 based on a coalition made because the government economic policies were not Keynesian enough? Well, actually a few years before this, Dion was actually the Bloc’s number one enemy as he was considered a sell-out to the federal government.

But again, is Duceppe is really working for the interests of Quebec? Let me just say that Québec fiscal situation is not so good (with a Liberal government which is leaded by a former federal PC leader who is becoming more péquiste than the péquistes themselves). In short, with his  »platform », Duceppe is only making the people in Québec more dependent to the state.

Actually, except for wanting more money or wanting more social programs, it is very rare to see Duceppe or any Bloquiste MP defends the principle to have less state in the life of people in Québec whatever this in the federal or national state. Even today, and this with somewhat of a change in this matter in the last few years, the Bloc is not against many federal programs.  This is why, I think that the Bloc is seeing the federal government like a giant ATM machine, even if ironically, the current provincial liberal government is spending money like a crack addict is spending on crack.

Even still, the Bloc remains very quiet about Québec’s provincial spending habits.

And yes, I do actually think that the Conservatives are spending too much money, but I don’t consider any of the three other parties in parliament capable of saying that enough in enough with the Liberal party which is now more socialist on some policies than the Swedish Social Democrat Party especially on the pseudo-populist flip-flop on corporate income taxes.

Again, I may sound like a dangerous radical by saying that, but maybe a good idea is to have limited sessions in the Canadian parliament, like in a few US States, just to give them enough time to make a budget and to make sure that all MP have actually real jobs by cutting their salary in half!


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