Sunday, June 14, 2009
Will Iggy Cancel Construction Season?
With both the NDP and Bloc vowing to vote against the ways and means budget vote this Friday, a summer election sits squarely on Michael Ignatieff's shoulders. Liberal strategists Warren Kinsella and David Herle have both publicly stated that they want the election now, as the economy is beginning to rebound, and that as the economy improves itself, so will Conservative polling numbers and their electoral chances in a future election(not too bright a comment to make publically).
The first thing that comes to my mind is the recent Conservative attack ads, as the media like to call them. If we do end up going into an election campaign, those ads, combined with Kinsella and Herle's comments, will be used to reinforce in voters minds that Iggy truly is only in it for himself and the Liberal Party. That in itself would probably not be enough to guarantee an electoral victory for the PM.
Iggy's bigger problem is if an election does occur, all those comments by Iggy, McCallum, Goodale and company about getting stimulus out in time for the construction season to save Canadians from the economic recession will be shown for what they are. Partisan tripe and fear mongering. I've lost track of how many times I've heard Iggy and company mention construction season, and what it will mean for Canadians if that stimulus money doesn't get out in time. Another of their favorite phrases is "shovel-ready". Both Layton and Duceppe have also used the same language when describing the need for quick stimulus funding. Where they differ is they voted against the budget, whereas Iggy endorsed it.
The problem now is that should we fall into a summer election, any chance of stimulus funds getting out the door will have evaporated. Instead we will be faced with a minimum 37 day campaign. Whoever the victor is shall have to wait for the house to again begin sitting, at which time a new budget will be tabled. The fact is the only way these stimulus projects will come to fruition this year is if Iggy supports the vote Friday clearing the way for the money earmarked in the budget to be released to provinces and municipalities. Failing to do so will result in no stimulus funds going out the door until at least late this year and more likely next spring, which makes Iggy's whining about the need for stimulus ending up being rather hypocritical.
So all that remains to be seen now, is whether Iggy wants to cancel construction season.