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03 September 2009

A Glimmer From the End of the Tunnel?

Michael Ignatieff, that shifting mass of shapeless ego currently fronting the Liberal Party of Canada, has decided that a Loyal Opposition party should, like, oppose something the government proposes.

For most of his reign, Steve Harper (PM pro tempore) has been sneaking poison pills into his legislation which effectively turn everything into a confidence vote. Thus, should the opposition actually manage to do its ₤µ©λing job and oppose, they run the risk of triggering an election.

Harper's also been gambling that fear of triggering an election he keeps claiming no-one wants (which is true--No Tory wants an election, not with their tragic record of hubris and ham-fisted mismanagement).

And he's largely succeeded. The Liberal opposition has been confined to saying "Hey--You better not cross this line--Yeah, this one here ... Okay, but not this one ... We really mean it. Well, I guess we can live with that then ..."

But Ignatieff may have managed to drag the Opposition out of irrelevancy by saying that they will simply no longer go along. To which I say thank ₤µ©λing Christ and can we have the election already?

At the moment, polls show the Libs and Refor--I mean, Alli--I mean "Conservatives" neck-and-neck. However, Harper knows what that means. Unless he comes up with a world-beating idea (unlike any other he or his cronies has ever managed to have), he's toast. Which is actually a pretty safe bet anyway if he continues to foul up the economy as badly as he has thus far.

Of course, Harper prefers fear to actual, y'know, ideas and stuff. He threatened that, last election, if the Libs got elected it would spell econo-disaster (while simultaneously denying that a) there was an economic crisis on already and b) that he hadn't made it worse by denying its reality). He can't use that one again, I'm guessing.

So this time he's whinging that the Liberals might turn off a tax credit for building additions onto your home. Bad news, Harpy: The credit only kicks in after $10 thousand. And how many people have ten grand to throw down for a 15% tax credit? Given the current economic non-disaster you apparently think you've presided over?

So let's have the election. Keep it clean, above the belt, and no clinching in the corners. I realize that Mr. Harper may be handicapped by those rules, but all lousy things come to an end, so I've heard.

Let's just hope it's true.

Oops--I blew it. The tax credit goes from $1000 to $10,000. We regret the error.

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5 Comments:

At 9:14 p.m., Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Yep, I'm totally with you on this one.

 
At 12:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the tax credit is for renos between $1000 and $10,000 http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/hrtc/. But heck, Metro, don't let a few facts get in the way of your anti-Harper rant, lol.

Barb

 
At 12:43 p.m., Blogger k.morrison said...

I'm not pro-Harper by any stretch but I totally support the home renovation tax credit, which as Barb points out, is valid for any reno from 1000-10000.

Which hopefully you should know since you're saving all your drywall/paint/construction material receipts to claim your credit for reno-ing your basement. Right? Right? :-)

From http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/hrtc/ :

"Examples of eligible expenses
- Renovating a kitchen, bathroom, or basement ...
- Painting the interior or exterior of a house "

(emphasis mine)

My only small quibble is that I would prefer if they had either an additional credit or a higher credit for enviro-renos.

But the reno credit is actually a not insignificant reason why we'd like to purchase our house before February 2010.

 
At 6:09 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

@WC
The Harper government is the Sea King of politics. How it stays up is a marvel.

@Barb:
Correction gratefully acknowleged.

One wrong fact doesn't invalidate my whole argument, though. Do you disagree that Harper is secretive, governs through fear, and is so desperately attached to power that he goes to grotesque and dishonest lengths to cling to it? Do you believe his goverment, and his governing style, are better for the country than the available alternatives?

@k.morrison
Um ... I didn't expect to see you here. But yes, I'm saving the receipts. And thanks also for the correction.

 
At 11:10 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, no and yes, lol.

I find Iggy highly delusional and am disgusted that he's acting a bit like Jack these days...

It's quite funny, though. You and I agree on all sorts of things when we chat in person--despite the fact that you ordered the May-burger :-P

b

 

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