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This article was published 6/6/2008 (3277 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Tories, but it's a political victory more than a policy one.Last night, at about 9-ish, after endless negotiations, the NDP basically pulled their entire legislative agenda off the table and delayed it until the fall. That's the balanced budget overhaul, the elections changes, the access to information tweaks and the hog barn ban. There's some other little bills that will pass, but none are hugely significant.The NDP capitulation comes after days of old-fashioned time-wasting by the Tories. They also stacked the committee meetings with their own people and finagled the rules so that just a handful every night got up to speak. That threatened to stretch things out into July.It's not like the party rallied huge public opinion against the balanced budget bill or the elections overhaul - the public doesn't care, frankly, and the Tories probably can't make them, even if they have all summer. But the PCs did rally their own people - a good 150 of them - which is something one Tory supporter said hasn't happened in an effective way for years. The NDP didn't expect that kind of organised gridlock because it's never really happened before. The Tory called it "a chink in the NDP's armour."Problem is, all the bills will probably pass pretty much as written in September. This was a wiener-measuring contest, and the Tories won, but the NDP still wears the pants.