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Ignatieff: '‘The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further’

Full transcript of his speech here.

I see a lot of Liberals getting ramped up and fired up; good for them. Personally, I’m pleased he’s saying this, but after the past couple of years and false starts on matching the rhetoric with action, I’ll be happy only when I see a non-confidence motion (either one presented by the Liberals or else an indication from them that they would be supporting one of the other opposition party’s non-confidence motions) and everyone there from the caucus in person to vote against the government.

UPDATE: Possibly the best line of the speech: You can’t count on a government that can’t count—and a prime minister who’s only good at division.

UPDATE 2: David Akin is reporting on his Twitter feed that Bob Rae was quoted as saying “”At the first available opportunity, we’ll be moving a motion of non-confidence in the government”

10 comments to Ignatieff: ‘The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further’

  • scott

    in the last reign of the liberal party what did we as Canadians benifit from? we saw our military funding cut, no decrease in tax, and had a leader that was not willing to work with other parties, and millions of dollars in scandals . now we have a PM that has been elected three of the past four elections, and the opposition leaders are acting like a group of cheer leaders that didn’t get their way. let Harper do his job and quit bickering like a bunch of little brats.

  • First things first. There has to be a vote of non confidence. A lot can change between now and Oct 1 which is likely the first opportunity to cast such a vote.

    The other thing to consider is that the LPC have only 77 seats. They need the NDP and BLOC to vote with them. That should happen save the introduction of several NDP legislative items by the Harper gang.

    Its a stretch that Harper would bend to giving the NDP enough in order to allow that party to support his government. But then desperate men do funny things, just look at the last three LPC leaders

  • “I’ll be happy only when I see a non-confidence motion (either one presented by the Liberals or else an indication from them that they would be supporting one of the other opposition party’s non-confidence motions) and everyone there from the caucus in person to vote against the government.”

    I expect you won’t be happy any time soon then.

  • kwittet

    Just what the tax payers need..another $300 million dollar election when we are finally starting to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. But to the libs that has nothing to do with the election. they know that when times are bad the governing party is weak so its strike now no matter whether it is good for the country or not. I see this as a desperate attempt to get back into power.

    • Al

      @kwittet, $300 million is a small price to pay if it saves us billions in Afghanistan when we get a Government that gets us out of there. Any Government that passes laws that allows a husband to starve his wife if she denies him sex is not worth having our brave soldiers die

      • kwittet

        @Al, Al I agree with you on principle only. Do we stop all trade with Holland because they allow marijuana use or legal prostitution? I know your point is much stronger but in our country all those things are illegal. I agree. Lets get our soldiers out of there bring them home and to hell with all those people over there. They have choices and the women can leave. I know it sounds cruel but I dont really care what happens over there as long as we are not part of it. Western groups should be setting up so sort of underground to help these people escape to a better life if that is what they want but I just dont see how having an election is going to change anything.

  • Twitter? What’s that…

  • It’s about effin time! Get rid of these traitors.

    And ridenrain, it is not a weakness to change your strategy.

  • ridenrain

    Does this mean the Conservatives failed the “double secret probation”?
    Last I heard, the Liberal threw in the towel on those EI changes.

  • Richard

    I sure hope messaging during the campaign is more consistent.

    Ignatieff had a national live TV audience and neglected to mention that the Liberals would move a non-confidence motion at the earliest opportunity. That’s a bit of an omission, no? So the key clip for the news will either come from Coderre or Rae, instead of the Leader.

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