Exciting Canadian politics? Did I hear that right? December 2, 2008 7:46 PM   Subscribe

Vancouver NDP-Liberal coalition rally meetup? (Thursday Dec 4, 6pm, Canada Place) I'm wondering if any mefites want to join me at the pro-coalition rally on Thursday. Maybe beers afterwards as well?
posted by rhinny to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:46 PM (14 comments total)

Jesus, no.
posted by timeistight at 8:38 PM on December 2, 2008

I will bring my three-head hydra costume. I'm also working on an official coat of arms of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Canuckistan and Autonomous Ethnic Sovereigntist Syndicate of Poutine. I'm having a brain fart at the moment, but I think the heraldry should be centered on a green dog called Kyoto and Jack Layton's mustache.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:00 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]

Vive le Quebec libre!
posted by Krrrlson at 12:46 PM on December 3, 2008

Jesus, what classy responses to a civil invitation. I can't make the rally-- I'm picking up my son at the Ferry-- but I'm there in spirit. Have a beer for me afterwards, rhinny, and I hope you get some more, uh, serious replies.
posted by jokeefe at 2:47 PM on December 3, 2008

Oh, come on, jokeefe, we don't have to take the prospect of a coalition government headed by Stephane Dion seriously?
posted by KokuRyu at 4:11 PM on December 3, 2008

Anyone know if there's a pro-snap-election rally coming up? I'd probably got ot that.
posted by timeistight at 4:37 PM on December 3, 2008

was thinking about coming down and taking pictures, but instead I have a cold.
posted by heeeraldo at 7:24 PM on December 3, 2008

Take it seriously? I'm delighted.

But then I'm a crazed socialist and stuff. :P
posted by jokeefe at 9:23 PM on December 3, 2008

Oops, I should have stayed out of here.

I'm glad you're delighted. It makes your socialist heart feel good to be aligned with Stephane Dion and the Bloc? Really? See, I think I'd have way more respect for someone who stood up for their beliefs (even if I didn't agree) than those that are willing to put them aside for, well, for what? A brief moment of power?

I really don't get it - perhaps I'm just not understanding. I do know that I am interested in attending a rally opposed to this bizarre coalition and that's more politically motivated than I've ever been before. And while I always vote, I have never written an MP before today.
posted by nelvana at 9:50 PM on December 3, 2008

I have volunteered for the NDP in two national campaigns, most recently in 2006 as an economic policy researcher. When I realized the NDP doesn't have an economic policy, I vowed never to volunteer for them ever again.

The move to form a coalition and topple the government is perfectly legitimate, constitutional and democratic. But, holy shit, what a motley crew. Radwanski nails it about Stephane Dion. And the thought of Parizeau directly influencing Federal policy is infuriating.

But whatever else happens, this crisis is a real tragedy for Canadian unity. The Conservatives have had throw out the window all the gains they have made in Quebec. Quebec is once again the enemy, and Quebeckers will be right to feel alienated.

If the Liberals could only have accepted Harper's retreat last week as apology, and then waited until they had a real leader to topple the government. But they couldn't wait. Because they are idiots.

Proroguing parliament will allow the Libs (and Canada) to dodge a bullet.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:26 PM on December 3, 2008

I don't pretend to understand what is going on with Canadian politics, but I'm glad y'all have some drama of your own instead of having to be blasted with all of ours for once.
posted by SteveTheRed at 4:37 AM on December 4, 2008

Prorogation it is.
posted by timeistight at 9:14 AM on December 4, 2008

Actually, Canadian politics has been pretty dramatic for a long time. For example, two of the four parties in the house (including the one currently in power) didn't even exist twenty years ago.

The only thing that makes US politics dramatic is how high the stakes are.
posted by timeistight at 10:42 AM on December 4, 2008

I think its great that our prime minister has so much self-confidence.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:03 PM on December 4, 2008

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