Thursday, September 3, 2009

Liberals shoudn't vote down ways and means

Liberals shouldn't necessarily vote down a Conservative ways and means motion on September 14th. Especially, not without reading it. It should be given due consideration on its merits. If the motion is an implementation matter (say, of the renovation tax credit) of the earlier spring budget, then perhaps it should be passed for the same reasons the spring budget passed.

The real issues are:
  1. Have the Conservatives executed that budget effectively in a timely manner?
  2. Has the stimulus money been focused on stimulus or patronage?
I have no idea why the Conservatives would wait until now to motion for the reno credit. What were they waiting for (other than obvious poloitical reasons)?

I'd like to read the Conservatives' progress report, or some other information indicating where the stimulus money went. Surely, someone knows.

  • In general terms, perhaps the budget was a reasonable compromise.
  • The budget devil is in the details of its execution.
  • That execution was lacking in quality and timeliness.
  • Poor execution is justification for no confidence.


  1. The Liberals are going to support the tax credit - that's official.

  2. Well, if the Liberals do then Ignatieff is another Dion. You can't say, that's it we aren't supporting you any more. And then support them. That's just amateur hour.

  3. Really the Liberals should commit to supporting the home reno tax credit if it's introduced by itself... otherwise it's just more of the standard Conservative strategy of ramming through their garbage policy by pairing it with stuff that everyone wants.

  4. The message must be simple: we support the plan, but not the governments' inaction on it.

  5. In mathematics, a rational number is any number that can be expressed as the quotient or fraction p/q of two integers, with the denominator q not equal to zero. Since q may be equal to 1, every integer is a rational number.