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Think of it this way: filibusters are a juvenile, pathetic, and petulant practice that sadly is the only way for the Opposition to make an effective move against a majority government that refuses co-operation. That's just how it is, and people are looking at the situation right now thinking "a pox on all their houses."
What do we expect to get out of this filibuster? We rile our base, and we rile their base. We throw mud at the government, they throw mud at us. Government passes budget bill anyways (unless the unlikely event that this plan works out occurs, the majority government falls, and Canadians burn down the NDP and Liberal offices in Ottawa), life goes on. Canadians make a collective sigh and voting turnout drops another five percent. No one wins.
This sort of process, legal and justified as it is, makes politicians look feeble, selfish, and juvenile. Canadians are simply going to stop caring, and in a practical sense, lower turnout helps the Conservatives more than us; in the long-term, our democracy is just going to become a shambling corpse of actual substantial policy, similar to whatever the thing is that resides in Washington DC.
So what is Phase 2 going to be? How do we turn a filibuster into something useful for us, for Canadians, rather than the giant waste of time that it is? I don't have the answer to that yet, but I don't think the rest of us do either. We just want to make a lot of noise, and we've certainly accomplished that - but what use it is when these tactics turn more Canadians off than it motivates to act?