If the Liberals blink is a bit of a nod to the inevitable. The moment the czarist nobleman started channeling Billy King, it was obvious the Liberals intend to pass the Flaherty budget in January.
So, now what?
I offer this modest proposal:
The NDP in Parliament should shake hands with the devil in order to accomplish certain beneficial political and economic reforms.
In other words, we meet with the Harper ministry and offer to supportthem on two legislative / constitutional initiatives:
1. Political financing reform - The phasing out of the public subsidyto political parties over the next five years, including a reductionin the maximum individual donation to $5oo.
2. Parliamentary Reform - Abolition of the Senate.
We should shoot for proportional representation - if only so thatremoving it from the table can get us something.