Enabling The Governor General Or Canadian Politics Is A Geass

So apparently in an attempt to prove that Canadian politics can be just as interesting as America’s (even though nobody is actually paying attention) it looks like Stephane Dion has finally made a move.  Any sort of move that is.  What did he do?  Well read for yourselves,  You’re probably wondering if I still have your attention just what all of that means.  Well it’s simple really, Dion, the leader of the Federal Liberal Party of Canada, if you didn’t already know, has signed a coalition pact with the leaders of the NDP and Bloc Quebecois in order to gain enough willing seats in the house to vote down the Conservative Budget during Monday’s session of parliament, which would of course force a confidence vote in which they would put through a vote of non-confidence in Harper’s ability to govern.  The Governor-General would then actually have to assign an interim government and because the Liberal’s would essentially have majority support in parliament, this would make Stephane Dion the next Prime Minister until an election is called.  Yeah, they can do that in a Parliamentary democracy.

Now some people seem to think otherwise and most of this seems to come from a misunderstanding of the circumstances under which this is about to occur.  I’ve weathered several instances of bitching from my parents (who tried to get me to sign some stupid petition) and a friend of a friend who insists this makes Canadian democracy no better than Iraq’s.  Not the case, and here’s why:

– First Harper more or less brought this on himself with his constant prodding and provoking of all the other parties and refusal to cooperate or even budge on any issues of confidence that might warrant a compromise and has essentially forced the Liberal opposition to prop him up against the best wishes of Canadians who never gave Harper an official mandate to govern.  Yeah, see, Harper’s government is in itself technically an interim government because he does not command the majority of the seats in parliament.  In fact, most of us voted for the other parties so it is the opposition that holds sway.

– Second, when you constantly piss off the opposition and try to pull a Bush and think you are safe from any reapproach (yeah ummm Harper, there’s no seperation of executive and legislative branchs in a Parliamentary Democracy like you seem to think their is.  You want support for your policies then you’ve gotta convince parliament by putting your own ass on the line by asking Mr. Speaker to give you the floor….IN PARLIAMENT) even though you don’t actually have the popular vote you also thumb your nose in the face of the majority of Canadians who didn’t vote for you.

– Third, when those parties are so fed up with you trying to run the parliament like a king, you can’t be blamed if they start to see eye to eye and adopt a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” way of thinking and come gunning for you.  With the majority of the population’s votes on their side no less.

– Fourth, there isn’t going to be any change in the members of parliament immediately as in the case of a coup d’etat style regime change, power will just shift to the side that has the new majority now, which is the Liberal Coalition.

So in a way Canada will actually have a stronger majority with more support from the population (54%) versus what we have now with Harper’s majority government.  Not to mention it means cooperation and a proportional place for the NDP in the new cabinet so as not to disenfranchise the people that voted for the NDP.  The Bloc isn’t actually an official part of the coalition so much as they’ve promised to back the government on confidence motions into 2010, so they get no appointments.  Not that that would go over very well and they understand this, but are more than willing to do this so that we can address the budget crisis once and for all.  So I ask who is at fault here?  Harper for his clear inability to maintain the support of parliament (not to mention somehow managing to get the Liberals and the Bloc to cooperate), or Dion for making a grab for power when Harper clearly refused to introduce a stimulus package in order to deal with the economic turmoil that is killing the Looney.  I don’t know, but I think it’s pretty clear that a stimulus package meant no justification for a non-confidence motion and it certainly wouldn’t result in easy and overnight cooperation between the opposition parties who just last week were tearing themselves and each other apart from the inside.

Now I understand that this is quite complicated though, and in order to better explain it to my target audience (or perhaps just to prove I can trivialize “serious” political happenings like the best of them), here is a different way of looking at the situation:


Stephen Harper Is



He thinks all of Canada’s problems can be solved by sitting their and doing nothing whilst provoking his enemies to come out and act so that he can call them petty and try to make them look like enemies of the state.  What he doesn’t realize though is that he is pretty much a hypocrit in being more than happy to hold a proverbial Fleija to their heads by threatening to nuke the current session of parliament anytime they try to make a move to exercise their position in parliament.  He also seems to have delusions of Grandeur and fitness to lead even though his sole qualification is that he thinks someone asked him too.  Came to power in a coup of the previous government purely by luck and somehow convincing everybody that Paul Martin (in this case our Charles El Brittania) was no longer fit to lead.  Also might be a pretty boy.


Stephane Dion Is


Lelouch Lamperouge

With his french name and book smarts he challenged Harper in a metaphorical game of chess but a month ago only to be soundly defeated and almost driven out of his own party in the process.  Humiliated as long as time itself has existed he seems to have had enough and has somehow Geassed the rest of his caucus and not to mention Gilles Duceppe into following his new majority coalition.  It’s the only way he could have done it.  Now he’s ready to challenge Harper one last time for leadership and all he has to do is convince Michaelle jean to put down that weird flute thingy before she gives Harper the power to Fleija the current session of Parliament.  Whatever, the case he seems almost destined to be crucified by either his own party in the liberal leadership convention or Duceppe if he should get upset and back out on the deal.


Michaelle Jean is


Nunally Vi Britannia

Some called her blind, maybe even a little naive, in fact we weren’t even sure she could actually walk for a while, but now she’s come back to exercise her right to govern Canada in Queen Elizabeth II’s stead.  No kidding eh.  She seems like a nice enough woman, even if her role is highly ceremonial and involves shaking a lot of hands (possibly to tell if the person is lying to her or not) and smiling for a camera.  That’s possibly about to change now though as Harper has put the Fleija detonator in her hand now and seems to be encouraging her to fire it in the instigator Dion’s direction, shutting his charge and parliament down in the process.  The ball is strangely in her court now.  Who will it be, Dion or Harper that will secure Jean’s support to govern.  Or will Jean pull a fast one and try to govern herself after it’s all over between Dion and Harper and Dion is left a bloody mess?  Hmmm….


Jack Layton is


Jeremiah Gottwald

And Orange is the colour of his loyalty.  A fighting man who always put the interests of the Canadian people first, he used to fight with Dion, but now he realizes they share the same goals and has pledged an oath of loyalty to him.  However he hold the power to cancel Dion’s Geass over the House of Commons, should he run rogue by pulling his support from the Liberal party.  He and his NDP have been beaten down and humiliated constantly throughout their history, but now it’s time to come into his own as Dion’s proverbial right hand man in Congress.  Jack Layton, they’ve rebuilt him and his party, faster, stronger, better than before and with cabinet seats to boot.  Can they make it happen?


Gilles Duceppe Is


Suzaku Kururugi

A long while back (actually long before he was born) his home territory was taken over by the Great Empire of Britain and was brough into the Dominion of Canada.  His solution like those of the forerunning Bloc Quebecois leaders has been to try and change Canada from within so that his homeland of Quebec can gain independence from their evil Canadian overlords.  Historically their has been no love lost between him and Dion of the Liberal party, but he seems to have adapted to living life as a Canadian and now seems to see eye to eye with what Dion is trying to accomplish, as it is exactly what he wants barring a shot at a referendum.  A better life for all Canadians including especially? Quebecers at whatever cost it takes.  If that means Dion becoming the enemy of all Canada, thus forcing him to eventually crucify Dion on the throne of Parliament in a stunning withdrawal of confidence then so be it, but at least it gets rid of the dangerous Stephen Harper and potentially makes way for a better government that will at least give the people of Quebec something instead of just concerning itself with Britannia Alberta.

What the hell did I just write?  Well the whole situation is a little ridiculous and deserving of some ridicule, as is much of what goes on in parliament (which often comes across as more of a warzone then an office of Government) so I don’t see I can’t have a little fun at it’s expense.  Still, comparing it to the events of Code Geass?  Why do I keep asking myself all of these questions when I know the answer?  Please tell me it’s all going to be okay.  Updates pending come Monday with a possible new government, but will it be there to stay?

20 Responses to “Enabling The Governor General Or Canadian Politics Is A Geass”

  1. 1 Haesslich December 3, 2008 at 9:00 am

    One other thing to note – Harper kinda provoked this response by making noises that he’d be cutting funds to the other parties by eliminating that taxpayer subsidy which happens to be providing the majority of the party revenues to the Liberal Party and the Bloc Quebecois… which happen to be the two most vocal (and possessing the most seats) of the opposition. You’d have thought he’d know better after stressing the need for cross-party accord in the face of certain challenges… but apparently not.

    Now if only Stephan Dion had done the honorable thing after blowing his party’s chances in the last election by stepping down, there’d be less… acrimony over the whole idea of a non-confidence vote in government, especially after Harper pulled the whole election in order to try and strength his majority, which he barely managed. Mr. Dion is no Lelouch, as Lulu could actually convince people to do things even WITHOUT a Geass – it’s just that the Geass allowed Lulu to talk people into things they’d never have done otherwise.

  2. 2 The Animanachronism December 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I love parliamentary democracy, it’s so deliciously arbitrary. Today’s the day of the Queen’s Speech in the UK, and as usual I expect the republican MPs to refuse to attend it and, left to their own devices in the Commons, pass various joke laws (abolishing the monarchy, abolishing the established church, &c, &c). And we have a minor constitutional crisis because the police arrested an MP.

    I’m not well-informed about Canadian politics, but the Geass explanation is certainly amusing and (I think) gave me the bare bones of the matter. Coalition government is nothing if not interesting.

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama December 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Well now we have Harper claiming that a Liberal Coalition would weaken the government of Canada. It seems he’s still unwilling to recognize his own lightning rod status at this point and for more or less weakening the House of Commons support for his government through his own actions and latest inaction. Somehow I think even if he survives the charge that he won’t take any lessons from it.

  4. 4 canadian, eh December 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Responsible Government???
    An oxymoron since 1841!

    JACK LAYTON is so left wing that he and Fidel Castro are blood brothers…..

    Michele Jean is a VOODOO High Priestess…..

  5. 5 Haesslich December 4, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Well, now Harper’s talking about suspending parliament… which would put him in the position of being the first PM in history to have done so to a lawfully elected government outside of wartime. Especially since he still HAS a minority, just less of one than he started out the previous election with… and that would admit he wasted another couple of billion on an election which served no useful purpose.

    So yeah…

  6. 6 intro December 4, 2008 at 4:46 am

    There are times when doing nothing and sitting tight is the right thing. And then there are times when doing nothing amounts to sticking your head in the sand. Harper has his head in the sand.

    After creating a pitch video with a webcam, YouTube style, I don’t think Dion is in a position to lead anyone around.

    Layton speaks like a robot, in short Bush-type sentences. No further comment except, irony.

    Conclusion: Duceppe for PM. The man knows what he wants, and he doesn’t beat around the bush about it.

  7. 7 Kaioshin Sama December 4, 2008 at 6:48 am

    @Haesslich: Yes well I got to talk to my parents today and they tried to claim that him suspending Parliament in order to “get the time he needs to retune the budget” would be a good idea. I told them he’s clearly just trying to hold onto power and proroguing parliament is exactly what despots due when there’s a challenge of non-confidence levelled in them. In some ways I don’t think they fully understand what is going on, but I will say this, their paranoia towards having Dion as a leader, even as an interim leader is clouding their vision a little.

    @Intro: Duceppe could never be Prime Minister. The Bloc doesn’t run enough candidates to ever have a majority nor do they want to form the government of Canada. They want sovereignty for Quebec.

  8. 8 Haesslich December 4, 2008 at 8:17 am

    As I said before, Dion should’ve stepped down after he blew the election, like Martin did when he lost the last one to Harper… or for that matter, just about any party leader has done upon losing it in a big way. Remember that all those NDP seat gains were in formerly Liberal ridings. That alone should’ve been enough to get Dion to step down… if he were an honorable man.

    If he’d left and his successor had gotten together with Layton, then there’d be less paranoia about the coalition those two have formed with Duceppe, who’s always been an opportunistic prick. But nooooooooooo…. he had to stay on instead of taking the fall for his party as his predecessors have done.

  9. 9 soldierofdarkness December 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Kaioshin Sama anything could happen.

    Some liberal MPs have stated that a “time-out” to work things out would be better than to make things worse so not everyone is 100% behind the coalition.

    But yes this “time-out” just delays the inevitable meaning that Harper will have to pull something out so drastic that at least Layton will back out of the coalition.

    The other option is having the coalition screwing the country so badly that it calls for another election to vote a party into majority (which would of course help end voter apathy).

    Harper made a huge mistake but if by some miracle the parties work something out to clean up his mess then maybe the situation can be stabilized for the better of the country.

  10. 10 intro December 4, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I know that Duceppe could never be a PM, but in all honesty his remarks last night was about the only leadership demonstrated. Now that parliament has been proroned, it’s kind of nice to hear Harper say things that he should have been saying last night.

  11. 11 Kaioshin Sama December 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Well I don’t see how suspending parliament is supposed to win the confidence of the house back so either he comes back with a fresh outlook and stops his bullying ways or he’s going to get up on the throne to make his speech only to face a non-confidence vote right off the bat. Personally I’m getting sick of his leadership though and would have been more than happy to see a coalition government have a go at it. I voted to give him and the Conservatives a chance and he had his chance, did a decent job for a while and then blew it so it’s time for change in Parliament. 1 month isn’t going to do that, but stranger things have happened I suppose….

  12. 12 Will of the wisp December 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    So… being a university student (who is not majoring in politic), I was under a rock for the past few days when this happened. Can someone explain to me the consenquences of Harper suspending the government?
    As a second thought — The governor general from the King Bing crisis was not remembered well in history. I wonder how the future generations would look upon this event.

    As an addon — NDP in the cabinet would actually be history making. Obama and NDP 🙂 This is indeed an interesting year. I would always support more social structures and supports, especially since the government will be paying my wage.

  13. 13 Kaioshin Sama December 6, 2008 at 7:13 am

    @Will of The Wisp: Let’s just say that it doesn’t make Democracy in Canada look very good. It sets a precedent so that anytime a Prime Minister wants to suspend parliament in order to avoid a confidence motion then he will be able to refer to this event and say that it is allowed. I can’t say I’m terribly surprised to see Harper be the one to set this precedent and honestly I want him out now as soon as possible. Even if it means weaker leadership in Dion for the time being until the Liberals can find a more suitable leader I’d prefer that to a confidence motion ducker. He’s worse then what he accused Martin of for crying out loud. At least Martin only considered avoiding the confidence motion through normal channels, he didn’t actually try to go to any length to hold on to his majority. And yet I bet Harper has Canadian’s so brainwashed at this point that they don’t even know what is going on.

    For the first time in ages I’m ashamed of my country. I hope to god we can fix this come January. Also Michaille Jean just proved that the Governor General is nothing more then the Prime Minister’s tool. Toothless and in a position that makes the U.S President’s purpose to break ties in the senate look important. At least if Joe Biden has to go to the senate to kick some ass it’ll be his choice and he won’t have to act on the advice of Harry Reid.

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