Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Cherniak still treading the same tired path....

This is deeply amusing. I've tried to stay away from Cherniak's hyperpartisan nonsense, but really: has he even looked at his own numbers? He claims, given current poll support, 120 Cons, 93 Libs, 41 Dippers. That makes, total, 134 Libs/Dippers (so-called "progressives"). Which means that, if Cherniak actually wanted a "progressive" government, he'd be advocating that his boy Dion drop the posturing and form a coalition with the NDP. That coalition could vote down a Con government (assuming the Bloc doesn't vote to keep the government afloat) and petition the GG for an opportunity to govern themselves. (Indeed, although it's uncharted waters, a formal coalition might have the power to claim that the GG should give them first crack at government. I'd defer that question to a constitutional lawyer, though.)

Of course, partisan that he is, Cherniak doesn't want a "progressive" government, or even a progressive one. He wants a Liberal government. But, oddly, he's given up on actually admitting it.

Edit: 2:21pm: According to Wikipedia, there is precedent. The King/Meighen governments after the 1925 election. King (Liberal) was the incumbent, and exercised his right to continue in government, despite having fewer seats than the Conservatives. King's government lost what he considered a key vote, and he asked the GG to dissolve Parliament. The GG refused, and Meighen (Conservative) formed a government, which subsequently lost on a vote of confidence (after ruling for a few days). So, if the Harper Conservatives were voted down by a Liberal/NDP coalition -- or Harper decided he didn't want to face a Parliament containing this coalition -- then this becomes a possibility.

4 comments:

Dr. Prole said...

If Cherniak is "progressive", then I'm the Queen of Sheeba.

ADHR said...

Hence "progressive" rather than just progressive. It's his choice of wording, not mine.

Dr. Prole said...

Yah, I figured. In that same vein, he's Liberal, not liberal. Either way, he's a partisan hack who is doing his best to divide the left/centre left. Because he's "influential", yanno. ;)

ADHR said...

I'm not sure if he's not a liberal. It's hard to tell; most of his blogging is partisan rather than political or philosophical. Strictly, a liberal is someone like John Locke or John Mill, who believes in the value of individual liberty (usually conceived as a lack of restriction). I don't know if Cherniak believes that or not.

The unfortunate reality is that he is fairly influential, given that he's the Ontario Central president of the Liberal Party. Which means he holds some sway in one of the two largest political parties in the country.