Wednesday, June 15, 2005

It's over, it never began

Well, that was anticlimactic. Which is probably for the best, right now. OTTAWA -- The Liberals easily won Tuesday night's main budget vote 249 to 53 thanks to the help of the Conservatives, who voted in favour of it because it contains the $2 billion Atlantic Accord. But there was one close vote dealing with the main estimates, which approves spending for the remainder of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006. The minority Liberals squeaked through in that vote 153 to 149 with the support of its entire caucus and two Independent MPs -- Carolyn Parrish and David Kilgour. Some final thoughts on what's certainly to be the last moment of high political drama until the fall: - Who was Pat O'Brien's secret anti-SSM ally, anyway? I assume he didn't reveal himself for the one significant vote, after realizing it wouldn't have mattered. (That is, assuming that O'Brien's threat wasn't just bluster.) - Why is Chuck Strahl so frequently seen wearing a tuxedo for important votes? - I was not aware, as when the House unanimously agreed at 11:42 that it was actually midnight, that it was able to legislate upon the fabric of time and space. The supremacy of Parliament knows no bounds.


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