Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Senate Politics

Harper introduced the anti-terrorism bill in the Senate. So much for the senate being the chamber of "sober second thought". By the way, I wonder if the irony of those words were lost on MacDonald when he said them.

So why is Harper doing this? He is would like nothing better for the Liberal senate to touch his bill. Can he regard a senate vote as a matter of confidence? Make no mistake the Conservatives are tactically smart.

1 comment:

MarkCh said...

I'm not sure if he could regard a senate vote as a confidence issue, but he could put a motion before the House of Commons to invoke Section 26 and appoint up to 8 more senators, which motion could be a regarded as a confidence issue. The question is whether 8 more senators would be enough to sway the senate vote.