Monday, 4 April 2011

No. 14: Harper condemns coalition, ignoring fact he pushed for same in 2004

When Conservative leader Stephen Harper arranged a private meeting in a downtown Montreal hotel about two months after the 2004 election, he asked his counterparts from the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democratic Party to sign a letter.
Addressed to the governor general of the day, the letter reminded Adrienne Clarkson that she didn't need to dissolve Parliament and call an election if the newly minted minority government of former prime minister Paul Martin lost the confidence of the House of Commons. Harper, along with Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe and NDP leader Jack Layton, eventually signed the document, which noted there were alternatives to holding another general election.