Posts Tagged ‘2008 federal election’
Prime Ministers David Cameron and Stephen Harper discussed the subject of coalition governments at a press conference in the rose garden at 10 Downing Street.
The verdict of public opinion was pretty clear, which is that losers don’t get to form coalitions. Winners are the ones who form governments.
- Stephen Harper
September 10 to 26, 2008 - Prime Minister Harper says Liberal leader Stéphane Dion is trying to undermine confidence in the Canadian economy while “sitting on the sidelines virtually cheering for there to be a recession”.
Our economy has hit a brick wall … the tough times are already here.
- Stéphane Dion
Our government will not preside over disastrous financial policies … I would rather lose an election and i would rather lose a vote in Parliament than do something that I know would put the Canadian economy into deep jeopardy.
- Stephen Harper
Liberal candidate Bob Rae introduces former leadership rival Stéphane Dion in a rousing speech at a campaign rally in Halifax.
We look at Mr. Harper and we say instinctively, ‘Grandma, what big teeth you have!’, and there’s no way we’re going to let that wolf stay at Sussex Drive.
CPAC responded to revelations posted on the Angry in the Great White North political blog that a man presented by CPAC as a random voter was in fact Michael Shaye, the son of Turner’s campaign manager Esther Shaye.
Do the folks at CPAC know that Garth Turner dragged their camera crew to the home of the son of his constituency office manager for a visit to a “typical” constituent?
- Steve Janke (Angry in the Great White North)
The Turner campaign insisted they informed CPAC of Mr. Shaye’s identity, and they say CPAC had no objections to presenting him as a random voter.
CPAC denies the accusation and says they only learned Mr. Shaye’s relationship to the Turner campaign when the details were revealed in the blogosphere.
Update, October 3, 2009 – Garth Turner appeared on Canada AM and was asked a question from a Turner campaign worker planted in the audience. The person was presented as an average Canadian but is in fact Dan Baril, Garth Turner’s pollster.
Prime Minister Harper says Canada has become more conservative over the past several decades.
Harper was responding to a question regarding an interview published in today’s National Post:
I said for a long time … that my goal was to make conservatism the natural governing philosophy of the country.
Harper strongly supports Isreal in a speech at a campaign rally in Toronto.
The media consortium that produces the televised leaders’ debates reversed yesterday’s decision and announced it will allow the Green Party to attend the debates on October 1st and 2nd.
The change comes after the NDP and Conservatives bowed to public pressure and withdrew their threats to boycott the debates if May attends. The Conservatives, NDP and Bloc argue the Green Party should be excluded from debates because Elizabeth May has publicly endorsed Stéphane Dion and other Liberal candidates in the election.
Stéphane Dion has supported including May in the debates since the two parties formed an alliance last year.
Stephen Harper confirmed Canadian Forces will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011 as per the legislative agreement reached with the Liberal Party earlier in the year.
We’re planning for our withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan in 2011 … I don’t want to say we won’t have a single troop there, because obviously we could aid in some technical capacities. But the mission, as we know it, we intend to end it.
- Stephen Harper
The media consortium that produces the televised leaders’ debates says Green Party leader Elizabeth May will not be invited to the debates in October.
The media consortium implied one or more political parties threatened to boycott the debates if the Green Party were included.
The Conservatives, NDP and Bloc all oppose including the Green Party in the debates, saying Elizabeth May is a Liberal proxy because she has endorsed Stéphane Dion and other Liberal candidates in the election.
The Liberal Party has advocated in favour of including the Green Party since the two parties formed an alliance last year.