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Mike's Statement on Liberal Abstention Thursday, 15 November 2007 Today, Mike offered the following statement in the House of Commons condemning the Liberal Party for their recent abstentions:

“Mr. Speaker,

In recent years, a growing number of Canadians have come to realize that the Liberal Party doesn’t actually stand for anything, but who would have guessed that this Fall they would turn not standing into their defining characteristic:

· First, they abstained on the Speech From the Throne.
· Next, they abstained from a Ways and Means motion to reduce the GST to 5%.
· Yesterday, they extended their abstention strategy beyond just confidence votes to abstain on a Bloc Opposition Day motion. 

Mr. Speaker, where I come from, there is a commonly shared principle that, “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”

Now, I know the whole concept of principles is not really high on the Liberal Party’s priority list, and that the whole “priorities” thing doesn’t come all that easy to the Liberal Leader.

But until the Liberals develop a list of priorities that they can stand up for – one way or another – perhaps they should offer up their official opposition status to a Party that actually knows what it believes.”

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