The conservative government of Canada, the government of the motherf-u-c-k-er Stephen Harper collapsed. Harper’s policies, especially about Immigration and Iranian (green) movement, caused a lot of problems for Iranians. Canadian opposition parties have brought down the government of Stephen Harper in a vote of no confidence, triggering an election that polls suggest will reinstate the status quo of minority rule by his Conservative party. Early Friday afternoon, 156 opposition MPs – all of the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloquistes present in the House of Commons – rose to support a motion of no-confidence. It was also a motion that declared the government to be in contempt of Parliament for its refusal to share information that opposition members said they needed to properly assess legislation put before them
Harper said: “Unfortunately, Mr. Ignatieff and his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc Quebecois made abundantly clear that they had already decided they wanted an election instead, Canada’s fourth election in seven years , an election Canadians had told them clearly that they did not want”. The Liberal Leader, Ignatieff, said Harper confirmed his disrespect for democracy by speaking after the vote but making no mention of the fact that his government had just been found in contempt of Parliament and taking no questions from reporters. He added: “This tells you all you need to know about this man … We are the people’s representatives. When the government spends money, the people have a right to know what it is to be spent on. Parliament does not issue blank cheques.” The opposition parties combined hold the majority of the seats in parliament with 160 while the Conservatives have 143. There is a chance the left-of-centre parties might join forces in a coalition if Harper wins another minority government on the expected election date of 2 May.
The Conservatives are noting that the Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff, will not rule out forming a coalition government with the other opposition parties. Opposition New Democrat leader Jack Layton has said he will not rule out forming a coalition with Ignatieff. Ignatieff took over the Liberal party in December 2008 and the election will be his first up against Harper. Ignatieff, 63, is an author, historian and TV panel regular in Britain before going into politics. Harper, 51, is a career politician who has spent the last five years emphasising a more conservative Canadian identity and moving Canada incrementally to the right. He has gradually lowered sales and corporate taxes, increased spending on the military and made Arctic sovereignty a priority. In foreign policy he did not support the Iranian green movement in 2009. Last week Harper asked police to look into the activities of Bruce Carson, a key former aide. Carson, 66, is accused of using the access he had to senior members of the government to lobby on behalf of a company affiliated with his 22-year-old fiancee, a former escort. In fact, Canada has a long history of financial and political corruption, these new scandals just add more items to the previous long list of shameful scandals.
The opposition parties were also united against Harper’s latest budget plan but wanted to defeat the government over allegations it is in contempt of parliament. “There are only two alternatives here. More of this disrespect for democracy, more of this contempt for the Canadian people, or a compassionate, responsible Liberal government,” Ignatieff said. Harper is a centre-right prime minister in a traditionally liberal country, and his plan to cut corporate tax rates has given the opposition, led by the left-leaning Liberals, an opening to argue that Canada is running a record deficit that will only worsen if taxes are cut. Opposition parties are hammering the prime minister for planning to spend at least Cdn$16bn on 65 American-made F-35 joint strike fighter planes, one of the biggest military purchases in Canadian history.