Now not the time to call an election

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Liberal Party of Canada has many things to consider as it strategizes for the upcoming Parliamentary sessions.

To quote a former President: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Like a drowning man trying to stay afloat, the threat of an American recession has been pulling down global markets for some time now. On Monday markets suffered another precipitous drop, with Canadian markets dropping almost five per cent.

Unfortunately, at a time when our country could benefit from leadership, our Prime Minister has kept a low profile. The fact Stephen Harper needs to have absolute control of his party’s inner workings means the government has appeared directionless throughout the crisis.

Which brings me to the Liberals. Inevitably, during the party’s meetings, the question of whether to call an election will come up. After all, the Conservatives will be attempting to pass a budget this session and a vote of non-confidence will topple the government.

After witnessing the effects of the Mulroney-Schreiber affair and the embarrassing late-night termination of Linda Keen, Liberals will be strongly tempted to force an election.

They shouldn’t do it.

Although it pains me to take this stand, Canadians don’t need another election. They need Harper to come out of his cave and not attempt to pass a partisan budget.

Canadians need all parties working together to avert the coming economic disaster, because when it happens it’s not going to matter which party is in power.

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