I support the coalition, but I would also like to see the coalition parties' leadership reach out to Conservatives in a spirit of cooperation. Before deposing the government, we should be sure that we have exhausted less drastic alternatives.
I call on the leaders of the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Bloc to get together and discuss what we can do. Would it be possible for the Conservatives to replace Stephen Harper as leader? Is there anything Stephen Harper can do to restore confidence in the House that he will be competent and responsible in his approach to politics and the economy?
It is clear at this point that a budget including a fiscal stimulus is not enough. But that doesn't mean that reconciliation is not possible. Harper could promise to consult with the opposition on government response to the economic crisis. He could apologise for trying to abolish political subsidies and commit to not raising the issue again.
I am not swayed by the outrageous claims and downright lies of the Conservative PR machine. But I am concerned about Canadians who voted Conservative and who still support the Prime Minister. The politics of Stephen Harper has been dominance and arrogance. That should stop, and we should be sure the government governs for all Canadians, not just its base. We could think of the economic crisis as akin to WWII: we need to all band together.
There is more that unites us than divides us.
Update: I do not by any means intend this post to support prorogation. Action should be taken this week. The confidence vote should occur as scheduled on Monday. Stephen Harper does not have the confidence of the House and prorogation of parliament totally flies in the face of parliamentary tradition.