Tuesday, June 14, 2005

One skip ahead of my doom

Oh, crud. London-Fanshawe MP Pat O'Brien has issued an ultimatum, saying he and an unnamed Liberal MP will vote against the minority Liberal government in a series of confidence votes Tuesday night unless the same-sex marriage bill is delayed. O'Brien, who left the Liberal caucus this month to sit as an Independent over the gay-marriage issue, told CBC News that he will continue negotiating with Liberal officials in the hours before the voting begins at 10 p.m. EDT. He wants a promise, in writing, that the passage of the same-sex marriage bill will not happen until after Parliament resumes in the fall. Now a handful of Liberal backbenchers grow spines? Where were these sudden attacks of conscience a month ago? It's hard to imagine some PMO wonks aren't chortling with glee at the precise timing of this carefully micromanaged backbench revolt. This ends badly, no matter what.

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