Promises Made, Promises Kept (for at least 20 minutes)

You know that CBC story I linked to in my last post? Do me a favour and hit it again.

No, I'm not being paid by the CBC to boost their hit count (probably because the idea of paying people to do so hasn't crossed their minds yet over at the CBC). The reason why is, once you get past Goodale's cringe-worthy performance (if he's willing to say he isn't thrilled on the record, imagine what he's thinking on the inside), you'll come to this little quote, from the Prime Minister (no, not Layton - the other one):

Meanwhile, Martin said Wednesday he will push ahead with tax cuts for big corporations despite his budget deal with the NDP, as long as the Conservatives support the move.

"We have pulled the large corporate tax cuts out of this budget to be pursued in a separate piece of legislation," Martin said in an interview with the Canadian Press in Ottawa.

Here's just a couple of thoughts to keep you warm:

1. Does Jack know about this?

2. Remember when the Tories had the unmitigated gall to suggest that the new "Atlantic Accord" deal between the feds, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador be pulled out of the budget, so that it could be passed post-haste in a "separate piece of legislation"? I'll give you 3 guesses to guess what the Liberals' response to that suggestion was, but you'll only need one.

You know, at some point, the line between actions that are "desperate", and actions that are "farcical" is crossed. As far as Paul Martin is concerned, if we had not hit that line before, we've blown past it now.

More later.


At 12:39 a.m., Blogger robert mcbean said...

it looks to me like pm is making deals by the second and not looking to far ahead, i.e., panic/survival mode.

it sort of reminds me of the deal with mackay and david orchard.

At 12:40 a.m., Blogger robert mcbean said...

nice blog by the way...

At 8:37 a.m., Blogger Jason Hickman said...

Heh. Cute comment. Gee, do you think Peter gets reminded of that every now & then?

Of course, I would respond in the same spirit that at least Peter MacK. (a) waited a few months before changing his mind, and (b) then got his Party to vote in favour of the change.

At 11:04 a.m., Blogger robert mcbean said...

i don't really understand the mackay/orchard deal as well as i should but i agree with you that the party has an right&obligation to either endorse it or vote it down. the reform party came about, at least in part, as a reaction to the way traditional parties worked. here in calgary we got a lot more exposure to preston mannings ideas than people in the east.

but leaving mackay/orchard out of it, my broader point was that martin is looking desperate, and the deal with layton can't really work out well for anybody. i think his downfall is a fait accompli.


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