It's not in the best interests of Canadians to have
our government para- lyzed by opposition party manoeuvring. Nor is
it in the best interests of Canadians to see Paul
Martin's minority government fall at the speed of light and
lead to yet another period of instability or yet another
That's why it's extremely disturbing to hear talk of the
potential for early collapse by the new Liberal government. It
may be merely political posturing by the new leaders of
the Conservatives and the NDP. Perhaps they believe threatening to
bring a government down quickly somehow increases their political coin.
But at least for Stephen Harper and his Conservatives, there
is other valuable work at hand. It would seem eminently
more prudent to work on healing internal party rifts and
developing solid, in-depth policy, rather than causing a crisis in
government. Not as exciting, perhaps, but definitely more productive, particularly
if the Liberals are unable to sustain themselves in government.
The idea, for example, that it would be a worthy
goal to attempt to bring the government down on the
basis of today's throne speech is misguided at best. Canadian
voters do not want another trip to the polls; to
precipitate an election over a speech that simply lays out
the priorities of the incoming government would be irresponsible. It's
hard to see how that kind of political manoeuvring would
win any votes for the perpetrators.