Thursday, September 30, 2010

Liberals Poaching An NDP Idea?

Is The Liberal party so bereft of any new  ideas that they seem to be poaching ideas from their coalition partners?  They are working on a plan for Homecare.
A major initiative in the works, according to insiders, is on health care – specifically, home care. The new plan would see new forms of financial assistance for family caregivers, people who have to take time from work to tend to aging parents or family members stricken by mental or physical illnesses.
This would be done for thousands of families through increased benefits, a major one being an expansion of the employment insurance system. There’s a compassionate care benefit in the existing EI, but Liberals say it’s too small and overly restrictive.
The party also wants more investment in institutionalized home care – professional caregivers going to homes – and will push for that in the coming renegotiation of the federal-provincial health accord. But this is a more dubious prospect. Their emphasis will be where the federal government has the most power to act – a concrete plan for family caregivers.
 This happens to be  an NDP idea in which Larry Martin fails to point out.
By 2026, the number of Canadian seniors will double to 8 million. Darrell tells me one in four Nova Scotians will be 65-plus by then.
These are folks who worked hard, paid their dues, and deserve dignity in their elder years.So we need to start building capacity in homecare and long term care — now.
We’re already falling behind. Some hospitals now devote a quarter of their acute beds to seniors waiting for better options.
Expanding quality, affordable long-term care will ease that pressure on hospitals, cut waitlists, and give seniors their dignity.
Investing in home care will do the same — and not only for seniors. It’ll reduce hospitalization, help people heal, and save the system money.
Home care today is a loose patchwork of programs resting on a foundation of unpaid care by overstretched loved ones.
Nova Scotia is making strides help seniors stay in their own homes & communities — but you shouldn’t have to go it alone.
Roy Romanow called home care the “next essential service.” We’re ready to make home care the first major expansion of public medicare in 40 years.
Is this poaching an idea? Is it a coincidence? Or is it more evidence of a coalition?  Both their ideas are eerily similar.   The coalition of the losers seem to be more in sink with each other than not these days IE-gun registry, census, etc. so who knows?

A few days ago I warned you that there would be denials.    Just as I thought. Yesterday Iffy denied it but Norm Spector did a good job remind us all of what he has said previously in his own words.  Today the Globe and Mail editorial is denying it  also saying it's just PM Harper's fantasy and there is no sign of coalition.
Political parties are entitled to agree with each other from time to time, without being accused of having formed a coalition. For several weeks, the federal Conservatives have been claiming that the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Québécois are in a coalition. A particular convergence of opposition parties on this or that issue is no sign of any such alliance.
 What I also stated in my previous post was Don't believe them. because you can't trust either the opposition or the Lame Stream Media.  Is there a coalition or isn't there?  Maybe not openly at the moment but would they form one after the next election?  I think it's more likely than not.   They would stop at nothing to gain power. They are so power hungry they can taste it.   They are treacherous so  we need to watch them closely.


  1. So the NDP plan is so easily being taken ove rby the Liberals. "Poaching ideas?" How can you poach your ideas from your own coalition partner? ;)

  2. Liberals Poaching An NDP Idea?

    Why not? (sarc)-didn't Holland plea with the socialists to help pass his motion 'to stop further reading of the LGR. A motion so frivolous that it makes one wonder why bothered to waste time and money debating and passing the first two readings to have cut off before the third reading.

    Naturally, since the NDP And the Bloc went along with Holland's sneaky motion, they inturn expect to be supported on issues and PMBills which the liberals refuse to vote on or would never vote on.

    Coalition is alive and kicking; even the media is proving it to be so at their attitude towards the ndp bloc and liberals.

    BTW take a look at this comment by ' Calgary cowgirl re-to Cameron

    and by John Luft:

    Very interesting that I may say.

  3. The NDP made a tactical mistake by not letting the rural MPs vote against the Liberal Holland motion to kill to stop the third reading of Bill C 391.

    They got whipped by the Liberals the emotional victim card, trotting out the special interest groups, survivors and police Chiefs.

    The Liberals are 91% urban and needed to defend the wasteful boondoggle. Ignatieff made a mistake and gave up trying to win the West or rural voters. (Davey F@#$%k the west, we will take the rest)

    The NDP joined the Liberals as the party of "Toronto" by discounting the views of MPs outside the large cities.

    The coalition of losers in 2008 saw each of the three parties move away from their historic roots to dump Harper six weeks after a general election that was a rebuke to the liberals. It was planned months ago with NDP, Bloc on side. Some within the Liberal party were open to it as well. Dion got flipped in a panic and no one in the party would stand up and say no.

    The Government shifted to the centre leaving no room for the Liberals with EAP, auto bailout. They were told spend thirty billion and the global recession increased in damage, reach in Fall 2008.

    Kevin Page has noted the fiscal problem is the increase in payouts to Education, Health, Social Services, Equalization above the rate of inflation as a problem. Restraint of spending is necessary. The tax revenue collapsed late 2008 first six months of 2009.

    Turning the lights on from the 13 years of Neo-Liberal ideological cuts. (Ignatieff brags about the surplus as if it was their money)

    How does the media, opposition including the Liberals define the restoration since 2006 of those Chretien-Martin cuts?

    Pandering with social spending for the NDP, Liberals and Bloc is logical in order to attack the priorities of the government to upgrade the military and prisons, snacks at G20 etc.

    This is a wedge issue to paint the government as uncaring and mean.

  4. The conservatives have made many changes to the tax return re caring for disabled, or home care and lots of other areas.
    They have also increased the disability tax credit.

  5. Liberals spent 13 years in government brokering other party ideas, so why would they quit poaching now!

    The NDP re-attached themselves to the Liberal butt when Jack let Iffy whip Dipper MPs on the long gun registry.

    It was rather sad.

    While PMSH and Flaherty were fighting an economic meltdown, trying to keep Canadians optimistic,
    Iffy and his clan, when they weren't being non-cooperative, were working against the govt.
    Iffy and his clan show up in Parliament for one reason,
    set up road blocks and diversions so no government business gets done.


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