Friday, April 22, 2011

I am reminded yet again about why I developed a crush on Sook-Yin Lee long ago.

From 1989, with her band Bob's Your Uncle:

I mean, sure, she's young here; we were all younger then, obviously. But, it'd be about six years after this that I went off to uni, and thus had cable (and therefore MuchMusic) for the first time, and was exposed to this person for the first time and, well, it's been a slam-dunk ever since.

(Mind you, now that she works for The Mothership and hosts DNTO, well then, that just adds about a billion points to her hotness.)

Oh, Sook-Yin... you will be mine someday.

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In other, shittier news, Steve Harper said this today:

My view is that the people of Canada expect the party that wins the election to govern the country ... anything else, the public will not buy.

The "anything else" he means, of course, is some sort of a coalition, which he seems to be pushing pretty hard, but with which I'm not sure he's getting a lot of traction. A couple of years ago when St├ęphane Dion was leading the Libs, Steve made a lot of hay out of the false "Liberal/NDP/separatist" trilogy — the Bloc wasn't part of the coalition deal that Dion put forward, but Idiot Conservative Nation believes everything Steve says is true, so they fell for it — but I don't think it's working as well for him now.

My guess is that, mainly, people know Steve's an ass and will do and say anything to stay in power; this not only undermines the direct messages he wants to put out, but also calls into question every single move his government makes.

However... an intriguing new "anything else" option has come to light in the past few days, one which, interestingly, isn't dismissed out-of-hand by Mike Ignatieff. You see, Adrienne Clarkson put in this informal rule saying that, if a minority Parliament is defeated on a confidence motion within its first six months of forming a government, the GG won't automatically dissolve said Parliament but will consider asking the Leader of the Opposition to put together something which will have the confidence of the House.

As it currently stands, this could be a possible scenario:
  • The Cons win another minority, with the Libs forming a fairly solid opposition, or perhaps the Libs+NDP
    Odds of this happening: fairly good. I don't see a huge groundswell in the electorate one way or another since the last election, and the NDP seem to have made gains, especially in Quebec.
  • The Cons stubbornly table the exact same budget that was headed for defeat in the House and thereby triggering an election... but they got nailed the day before that was scheduled for a confidence vote because, oh right, they lied to Parliament about money, and that ended up canning them.
    Odds of this happening: I'd give it 50-50; they're stubborn on things like this, but when they realize it could mean them —gasp!— LOSING POWER, that might get their attention. But let's hope not.
  • The budget fails to pass; it's a confidence motion, wheeeee!
    Odds of this happening: excellent, if the same budget is tabled. You're never going to get a dozen Libs or NDPers rolling over and taking it up the keyster for this one, and doubly so because it'd mean those parties would stay out of power. Duh!
  • Dave Johnston asks Mike Ignatieff to form a Parliament that can get the confidence of the House.
    Odds of this happening: well, unless DJ wants to thumb his nose at AC, it has to happen. Them's the (unofficial) rules.
I, for one, welcome this chain of events (in the event the Libs don't win a majority or even a minority, and I'd give about 3-to-1 odds against the latter happening). Bring it on, baby.

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