It’s pretty sleazy what Flaherty is doing by using the budget deficit that his clusterfuck policies (that’s a highly technical economic term, kids) caused as a pretext to choke off funding to other parties. The Cons know that they have the cash to ride these cuts out – their finances look the best right now of all the federal parties.
The reality here is that the Liberals can cry foul or even play a game of brinksmanship over this. While trying to make this a confidence motion may make the party sound tough, again the Cons are in a better position to fight yet another ultimately meaningless election. What the Liberals need to do is get up, dust themselves off, and sign up at the Obama dojo of web 2.0 fundraising and organization. Yeah Flaherty’s move is scummy, yeah there are lots of good reasons to oppose this disgusting partisanship. There are also lots of good reasons why the Liberals need to get out there and get in touch with their grassroots again.