More importantly, a federal election will most certainly stall the economic recovery that our nation has just begun to experience. In fact, the markets and the Canadian dollar dropped immediately after Mr. Ignatieff held his press conference this week to announce he was determined to bring down our Conservative Government and prompt an election this fall. Michael Ignatieff just doesn’t get it. Canadians don’t want an election less than a year after the last one. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Cabinet and our MPs will not be distracted by Mr. Ignatieff’s call for an opportunistic election. We remain focussed on our number one priority: protecting Canada’s economy and continuing to implement stimulus measures that will secure hope and prosperity for Canadians. – Advertisement – The rate of federally-stimulated economic activity taking place throughout Canada the past few months is unprecedented. Federal investments in infrastructure and business are creating new jobs and long-term opportunities for growth all across the nation. The second reason Mr. Ignatieff wants to trigger an election now is that he’s trying to hang on to his majority in the Senate. He has been using the Liberals in the Senate to block important justice reforms passed by Canada’s duly-elected Members of Parliament. In the New Year, as more Senators retire, Mr. Ignatieff will lose his power to block the will of Canadians using the Red Chamber. However, what’s good news for the nation is not good news for Mr. Ignatieff’s political aspirations. He can’t afford to wait for another set of positive economic figures to be released. After our Conservative Government proved we are able to govern responsibly and with cooperation by becoming the longest-serving minority parliament in Canadian history, Canadians returned us to power last October with a strengthened mandate. No one in the REAL WORLD, certainly not in Prince George-Peace River wants another election campaign. Mr. Ignatieff is creating uncertainty and instability with just the threat of an election. If an actual election campaign were to take place, all federal legislative and economic business would virtually come to a halt for three months. That’s bad for the country at this fiscally-critical time and it’s bad for the pocketbooks of Canadians. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Canadians Don’t Want Another Election” Thirdly, if he waits until 2010, Canadians may have even more reason to feel good about themselves and our country. History has demonstrated that voters are less likely to vote for change and against an incumbent government when feeling patriotic … and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics in February will undoubtedly inflame a greater sense of patriotism and excitement across the country. So why are the Ignatieff Liberals pushing an unwanted election on Canadians – a pointless exercise that will cost taxpayers $350-million? First, our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan is working! It’s no coincidence that the day before Mr. Ignatieff demanded an election, Statistics Canada released its figures demonstrating that Canada’s economy grew in June. This represents an important light at the end of the tunnel amidst this serious global recession. While our economy has suffered a blow, we have fared better than most nations thanks to our Government’s policies.
Iker Casillas – Casillas’ powers are undoubtedly waning but he could prove a tidy alternative for Louis Van Gaal. Many believe the Real Madrid legend could be used as a makeweight in any deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu, although he has publicly expressed his desire to finish his career in Spain. Samir Handanovic – Continue to find out which 22-year-old is turning heads in Italy – Slovenian goalkeeper Handanovic is the stand-out player for his national side and has a reputation as one of the finest penalty stoppers in the world. At one stage last season, the 30-year-old saved six spot kicks in a row for current club Inter Milan. The picture above is not actually Samir Handanovic, but we got so bored of comments on this article from one person, complaining about the picture we had previously used, that we decided to publish a photo of Samir out of Corrie instead. With reports emerging on Saturday that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, the Red Devils will have a real task replacing him if he does depart.The Spanish giants allegedly launched ‘Operation De Gea’ in their bid to lure the shot-stopper, whose stellar performances this season were recognised by being shortlisted for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, back to his home city this summer.Real have identified De Gea as their prime target to replace long-term goalkeeper Iker Casillas; the man the United stopper has displaced at international level in recent months.A hefty price tag would be required to prize De Gea away from Old Trafford, but if a deal did go through Louis Van Gaal could muster a contingency plan by moving for a first class replacement immediately.Here are seven realistic options for the Red Devils to pursue… Asmir Begovic – Click right to see which Serie A keeper is attracting interest from the Premier League – The fact that Real Madrid are reportedly in talks with Begovic is perhaps testament to how highly rated the Bosnian is. Mark Hughes laughed off the possibility of one of Stoke City’s prize assets leaving the Britannia but, with Begovic stalling talks over a contract extension, his future remains in doubt. He has seven clean sheets this season and even registered a goal for the Potters last term. Victor Valdes – Click right to see which Premier League stalwart has been left warming the bench this season – United snapped up Victor Valdes on a free in January after the Spaniard left Barcelona last summer, but the 33-year-old has failed to make an appearance under Louis Van Gaal due to De Gea’s imperious form. If De Gea did vacate Old Trafford, United have a ready-made replacement at their disposal. Valdes made nearly 400 appearances for the Catlans during their hugely proficient era of dominance under Pep Guardiola. 7 7 7 Hugo Lloris – Continue to find out which current United player could seamlessly fill De Gea’s boots – France No.1 Lloris’ reputation has grown in recent years and, along with De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League. His leadership qualities are another added bonus, having captained both Spurs and France this season, and he has been linked with both United and PSG this campaign. 7 7 Mattia Perin – Click right to see which highly-rated French star is being linked with a move to Old Trafford – At just 22 years old, Perin is a relatively fresh face on the scene but his performances for Genoa this season has turned the heads of many managers across Europe, not least Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. With seven clean sheets in Serie A, Perin has been instrumental to Genoa’s surprise push for European qualification this campaign. Petr Cech – Continue to see which keeper offers the opportunity of a straight swap with De Gea – Petr Cech is undeniably one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League but he has had to play second fiddle at Chelsea this season due to the performances of Thibaut Courtois. The Czech international was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings back in his first tenure in 2004, and the fact he sits just four clean sheets behind David James’ Premier League record might encourage the 33-year-old to stay in England. 7 7