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Words can come back to bite you.

This is particularly true in Jack Layton and the NDP’s case today, after they abstained on the Liberal’s non-confidence motion. Look what Mr Layton. had to say a couple years ago on the Liberals abstaining:

NDP Leader Jack Layton accused the Liberals of being an “absent Opposition” and handing the Tories the gift of being able to operate as if they had a majority government. “Nothing makes people more cynical about politics than when parties don’t do what they say, don’t stand up for what they believe,” Mr. Layton told reporters just hours before the vote.

I’m sure Stephane Dion was smiling a bit today, as he saw the NDP and Layton decided to be “absent” themselves.

25 comments to Words can come back to bite you.

  • The Liberals reaped the reward of sound economic leadership from a Conservative (Mulroney) Government, that they (Liberals) would never have been able to accomplish themselves.

    haha…that should have come with a Spew Warning. Now I have tea all over my monitor. Damn you!

  • TofKW

    1) No better replacement of the GST could be found, Libs admitted this and won two more majorities – case closed.

    2) Grits did renegotiate Mulroney’s free trade deal, and created NAFTA. They also began discussions for a free trade deal with the EU. Reducing protectionism does benefit the Canadian economy.

    3) National Day Care – Libs had a $5 billion program out there in 2006, which was killed thanks to Layton voting non-confidence with Harper to pull the plug on the Martin government. Nice going Dippers!

    4) Twining the Trans Canada Highway? A new one to me! How exactly could Ottawa do this when highways are a provincial jurisdiction?

    5) Decriminalization died along with the Martin government. Again we have the NDP to thank for that.

    • Roll Tide

      @TofKW,
      1, The Libs promised to abolish it. They lied.
      2. The Libs promised to kill the FTA. They lied.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am glad they kept both, it is what rescued the Canadian economy, replacing a export killing Manufacturing sales tax with a consumption tax and further expanding exports with a Free trade agreement.
      Its ironic that politically costly Conservative policies, vilified by the Liberals, led by Jean Chretien, were kept. Why?, because they were sound, and the Liberals knew it all along.
      The Liberals reaped the reward of sound economic leadership from a Conservative (Mulroney) Government, that they (Liberals) would never have been able to accomplish themselves.

      • kwittet

        @Roll Tide, You are right about why the libs kept those policies. Thats why Chretien rolled through the good times and did nothing great for the country except call elections when the polls told him the time was right.

  • Jan .. I know … those crazy Libs .. they just crack me up to! Yeah … they were going to get rid of the GST – Renogitate NAFTA – National Child Care Program – Twin the Trans Canada Highway AND … decriminalize simple cannibas possession!

    What short memories they have! This is fun … isn’t it!! 😉

  • TofKW

    “Why Does The Liberal Party Bother To Exist?”

    Funny, I ask that of the NDP ever since I heard Bill Davis call Broadbent “Ed Broadbluff” for being able to promise the world in the safe knowledge that he would never have to deliver it.

    The NDP will never be elected federally. The NDP is hopelessly compromised by union affiliations. The NDP is a party where half it’s members are too good for it, and the other half have the party they deserve. It is in fact the 4th party within a four party system, with no chance (short of Quebec actually separating and making the Bloc extinct) of even reaching number three. Its only achievement is to split the anti-CPC vote, which actually ensures their victory and brings to power the very party that would gladly kill all the NDP holds precious. Why does it bother?

  • The quote:
    “Nothing makes people more cynical about politics than when parties don’t do what they say, don’t stand up for what they believe,” Layton

    Posted by BC in To at 5:44 (he’s the ‘keener’)
    Posted by Calgary Grit at 6:04
    Posted by Scott Tribe at 6:23
    Posted by Cowboy at 7:18 (he’s the foot dragger’)

    LOL – we really really promise to get rid of the GST, renegotiate NAFTA, national childcare program, redbook 1993. So what say about the cynical politics and parties not doing what they say? LOL

  • Roll Tide

    Jack Layton rescued Mr. Ignatieff from the Rosedale advice today. Liberal caucus breathes a sigh of relief.

  • Where do you possibly get that I am ‘angry and bitter’? I am having so much fun pointing out how the Liberal Party of Canada is crumbling as we speak. There’s no anger here! I am having more fun here than I have had since the last time someone tried to sue me! I am working on my next blog posting, which will like by titled: “Why Does The Liberal Party Bother To Exist?”
    Cheers! 😉

  • TofKW

    Hey leftdog, I understand you’re angry and bitter as your incredibly principled and morally superior party just threw everything they stood for out the window by supporting the Reformatories today. Sucks to find out the NDP is just a political party exactly like the others huh? So go ahead and attack Liberals to feel better. It’s not like they’ve been getting shin-kicked by your lot over the past 4 years for not standing up to Harper. Sorry dude, but I believe in reaping what you sow.

  • “Anyway, I’m sure Harper is the winner here.” … Well Mark, as long as the Lib bloggers want to keep this war going – by mindlessly attacking Layton day after day, Blogging Dippers have no choice but to retaliate. This could have ended today … but oh no! The Liberal bloggers had to keep it going. So, … it continues …. I guess!

  • So, let’s say that these bloggers were spoonfed quotes from Lib HQ. So what? Did Layton say it, or not?

    If so, I care not.

    Not as if I haven’t seen lots of NDP bloggers mouthing their identical talking points.

    Anyway, I’m sure Harper is the winner here. Such divisions, and yet, progressives make up, what, 2/3 of the country?

    Divide and conquer.

  • In other news, it isn’t exactly a surprise that Jack Layton et al (and that includes “al” of them in every party) is a hypocrite.

  • Gee. Nobody send me talking points. 🙁

  • Our Liberal blogging colleagues are taking directions and stage managing from someone at Liberal Inc. Four prominent Lib bloggers all posted the same quote and posted it within just a very narrow window of time:

    The quote:
    “Nothing makes people more cynical about politics than when parties don’t do what they say, don’t stand up for what they believe,” Layton

    Posted by BC in To at 5:44 (he’s the ‘keener’)
    Posted by Calgary Grit at 6:04
    Posted by Scott Tribe at 6:23
    Posted by Cowboy at 7:18 (he’s the foot dragger’)

  • Hey leftdog,

    Thanks for putting up the link.

    Turns out that there are lots of NDP quotes on the undesirability of abstentions.

    What changed?

  • Attack, leftdog, attack! And ignore the fact that your leader has no clothes.

  • OH and here comes Liberal Cowboy with the EXACT same quote … a few minutes behind the other 3 Lib bloggers … he must have been delayed eating supper or something!
    http://tinyurl.com/yd93o59

    You folks are a joke!

  • By golly!! I think POGGE is right! All 3 lib bloggers (A BC’er in To) (Calgary Grit) (Our friend Scott) have ALL published the exact same quote within 19 minutes of each other! … Hmmm… I wonder how that happens?

  • P.S. Since Ignatieff has now clearly stated that he is going to discipline Coderre, will be be disciplining Justin Trudeau as well? One is left with the impression that Ignatieff thinks the entire Quebec Wing of the Liberal Party is in need of a firm steady hand?

  • I suppose I should thank you all for posting the same thing. It saves me the trouble of reading most of you. One would almost think you’re all getting your talking points from the same place.

  • Indeed! Just as Ignatieff’s words to Justin Trudeau about not ‘actually’ wanting an election have come back to haunt him now.
    http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/605834

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