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    Liberals lose......again.

    [B]Liberal government falls[/B]

    By ALLISON DUNFIELD

    Monday, November 28, 2005 Posted at 7:49 PM EST

    Globe and Mail Update

    The short-lived 38th Parliament met its demise on Monday night, setting the stage for one of the longest election campaigns in two decades, as the Liberal government was defeated in a no-confidence vote at the hands of all three opposition parties and the country was launched into official election mode.

    The Liberals lost the vote in the House of Commons 133 to 171, beginning a series of events that will propel voters toward the ballot boxes, likely on Jan. 23.

    Prime Minister Paul Martin will officially call a federal election on Tuesday.

    But unlike the weeks leading up to this moment, the mood in the Commons was downright jovial prior to the vote, with MPs streaming into the House with the final bells ringing, laughing and joking as they took their seats. Speaker Peter Milliken joked that after the vote there would be a reception to allow members to "exchange Season's Greetings" -- referring to the fact that it would be the last day in the House of Commons until after the election.

    During the vote itself, both Mr. Martin and Opposition Leader Stephen Harper received standing ovations as they voted on opposite sides of the confidence motion. As well, MPs on either side of the House who were ill but who rushed in for the vote, and MPs who are not planning to seek re-election, received standing ovations from their respective parties and hugs and handshakes during the vote, which took less than 15 minutes.

    The results of Monday night's vote surprised no one, as both Mr. Martin and Mr. Harper had already planned to rally their troops immediately after the vote in special caucus meetings.

    During the caucus meeting directly following the vote, the Liberals were clearly pumped up, clapping long after the Prime Minister told them to stop. "All right. Let's get started here. Let's get started. Time's awasting...Hey, you're going to get tired before the campaign starts!"

    He said he plans to visit Governor-General Michäelle Jean on Tuesday morning and ask her to dissolve the government, triggering an immediate election campaign likely to run 56 days with a likely hiatus over Christmas. That would mean one of the longest campaigns in recent history. This would also be only other election to run over the Christmas holidays besides the campaign 26 years ago in 1979-80 when former Conservative leader Joe Clark's party was toppled in a budget vote.


    Mr. Martin talked about his pride in the Liberal record and the party and gave the first of what will be many campagin speeches. He also took the opportunity to take his first shots at the Conservatives, saying that Mr. Harper has not stood up for Canada on issues such as softwood lumber.

    He took aim at Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe, saying that they want only one thing: "To divide up the country."

    Mr. Harper has made alliances with the Bloc, the Prime Minister said.

    During a speech to his caucus, Mr. Harper spoke about the need for a change in government and his party's ability to make that happen. He accused the Liberals of shying away from voters because of the sponsorship scandal.

    The Tories are ready to face the electorate, he said.

    "My friend, over the last few days the Liberals have made it clear that their biggest issue is not wanting to face the voters. Given their position, Idon't blame them. Let the Liberals complain about facing the people. We're interested in facing the future as a party and a country."

    Mr. Martin plans to spend his first day touring eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec. On one of his first stops, he is expected to introduce famed astronaut Marc Garneau as a Liberal candidate in Vaudreuil, Que.

    Parliament Hill was already in an election frenzy leading up to Monday night's vote. Throughout the day, a parade of politicians from all parties appeared in television interviews to talk about the election. During Question Period, the mood was nasty as both sides tried to score a few remaining points before the evening vote.

    The Tories criticized the Liberals for the flurry of spending announcements made by the government in the past month and again accused them of corruption related to the sponsorship scandal.

    "The Prime Minister can probably buy Liberals. But when will he realize that he can't buy Canadians? With billions of dollars that don't necessarily belong to him?" Deputy Conservative Leader Peter MacKay asked.

    The Conservatives also began to give Canadians a sneak peak at their election platform during Question Period, beginning numerous questions with a platform-like statement on issues such as their party's approach to daycare, after which they asked a question to the Liberals.

    The process of the toppling of the government began about three weeks ago, when NDP Leader Jack Layton, whose party had propped up the Liberals in exchange for budget concessions last May, said he could no longer support the government. At issue was its an ultimatum issued by the NDP to the Liberals for a crackdown on the privatization of health care. Mr. Layton said he could not abide by what he saw as the government's "unacceptable" response. After that, the question was merely timing--as all three opposition parties, including the Bloc Québécois, said they were ready to go to the polls at any time.

    The NDP tried to give the Liberals the opportunity to continue to govern through to the end of the year if they promised to hold a vote in January--moving a motion on this in the Commons.But the Liberals refused, saying they were prepared to govern until they no longer had the confidence of the House.

    That move finally came during Monday night's Commons vote. The end of this Liberal government, which came into being with a fragile minority on June 28, 2004, means that this Parliament lasted only 17 months--one of the shortest in history.

    Only four federal governments have ever seen a swifter collapse: in 1926, 1958, 1963 and 1979.

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    First the Greeks, then the Germans and now oh Canada....the frogs ain't fat behind...yeh- they hate George Bush and his government yet move closer to it every time they get to vote....

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]First the Greeks, then the Germans and now oh Canada....the frogs ain't fat behind...yeh- they hate George Bush and his government yet move closer to it every time they get to vote....[/QUOTE]

    meanwhile we move away from it every time we get to vote.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti]meanwhile we move away from it every time we get to vote.[/QUOTE]

    right...the 116-million who voted last November are meaningless......only the 1100 people randomnly polled which matter... :yes:

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    [quote]Liberal government falls[/quote]

    The war ain't over yet ... still lots of work to do.

    It's up in the air and could go either way. The election is officially on Jan 23.

    Expect a dirty campaign from the libs. Harper will keep it on the up and up I hope. The libs' dirty tactics approach is a been-there-done-that routine that hopefully the Canadian majority is tired of and will see right through.

    Now then, where's my Conservative lawn sign? :)

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    [QUOTE=Titan62]The war ain't over yet ... still lots of work to do.

    It's up in the air and could go either way. The election is officially on Jan 23.

    Expect a dirty campaign from the libs. Harper will keep it on the up and up I hope. The libs' dirty tactics approach is a been-there-done-that routine that hopefully the Canadian majority is tired of and will see right through.

    Now then, where's my Conservative lawn sign? :)[/QUOTE]

    I was thinking of you when I posted the thread...

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]I was thinking of you when I posted the thread...[/QUOTE]

    Thanks :)

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