Harper (to the surprise of no one) didn’t make the throne speech so blatantly intolerable that a vote against it is inevitable. Instead, this morning his opponents are stuck dealing with a number of weasel-y statements that will trouble opposition.
He wants to leave Afghanistan but he needs just two more years until democracy rainbows shoot out of Karzai’s eyes bringing peace and freedom to all Afghans. Come on! Just two years!
He’s giving up on Kyoto because it can’t be met anyway. Harper will really, really, totally fix this “so-called” problem. Soon. For real.
In both cases Harper did not go radical on anyone (he’s keeping the crazy Reformers quiet – for now), yet even these still are opposite to positions already stated by the Liberals. So no, I don’t think that were any poison pills per se. But Harper has weaseled in a number of ideas that may either force the hand of the Liberals or make them look like a bunch of flip-floppers.