Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Confidence Crisis

The intractable position of the Martin Liberals has gotten so much attention that I don't think I could provide anything new and intelligent to the debate. Coyne seems to have a very good analysis with excellent links here and here.

The crux of the matter seems simple: No member of the House could have voted for this motion without desiring the government to resign; and no member could vote against it without desiring that the government not resign. It is an instruction to a committee to change a report but it does not give the committee any option other than to amend the report such that it calls for the government's resignation. What the committee does is irrelevant because they do not represent the confidence of the House, this motion does. I firmly believe that if the government does not consider this motion clear enough they must introduce a strict confidence motion of their own.

IMHO, this motion may not be new budget legislation. At this moment the House's confidence in the government is, at least, in question. For the government to do anything other than explicitly put forward a motion saying: "This House has confidence in this government's ability and legitimacy to continue governing," would be unconstitutional. I freely admit that a budget vote is what the Liberals want and what the Tories don't want.


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