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Morning Brief: Election averted, now back to the regular committee tussles – iPolitics

Oct 22, 2020

Good morning! It’s Thursday, and a year out since the last election. And now another has been averted.

The government didn’t even fall when the vote results were read out backward! So let that restore some faith in the system. (Give them a break, it’s been a rough year.)

In the end, the NDP and the Greens sided with the government, despite talk of the NDP abstaining. “People need help right now,” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said. “They’re not looking for an election.” This punts things back to the usual committee circuit for the opposition to pursue the WE scandal.

So what was gained from that exercise? It’s a matter of perspective. The government got to dig in its heels and assert some control over the parliamentary agenda, and thereby direct the news agenda, as well, while the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois got to try to defeat the Liberals. The NDP got the spotlight as the final decider, and gets to claim the party saved us from a mid-pandemic election launched over insider political baseball. But Tory insider Tim Powers told the Star he thinks no party came out ahead: “The government, through their actions, look like they have something to hide,” while the Conservatives “look like they’re too giddy to exploit partisan opportunity,” while the NDP came out looking “a bit ineffective” after scrambling to find a meaningful position.

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