Ignatieff, who is the front-runner to succeed Dion in an upcoming leadership convention, said the three candidates were "at one" in their belief that "the only leader who can lead us in this context is the duly elected leader of the Liberal party.""I support the accord because it's fiscally responsible, it provides responsible economic leadership in tough times and it also conserves the basic principles of national unity, equality that our party has always believed in," he said. Dec 1, 2009
The Tale of the Coalition.
He signed on to the coalition—but now it’s a unity threatby Andrew Coyne on Thursday, May 21, 2009
“There was also a question concerning the legitimacy of the coalition that troubled me,” he confided. While perfectly legal, it would nonetheless have struck many Canadians, coming so soon after an election in which the Liberals had suffered their worst defeat since Confederation, as if they and their coalition partners had “in some sense or another stolen power.”
Moreover, it would have been very difficult to assure the country of the certainty and stability it needed in a time of crisis “with three partners in a formal coalition,” he said, likening it, CP reports, to a rickety three-legged stool. “That was my first doubt. I couldn’t guarantee the long-term stability of the coalition.”
Especially when, as he told an interviewer back in March, one of the partners was a separatist party. “I could be sitting here as your prime minister, but . . . I didn’t think it was right for someone who believes in the national unity of my country to make a deal with people who want to split the country up.”
Why are the Liberals no longer interested in supporting a minority government led by the Conservative Party of Canada?
Are the opposition parties interested in seeking an election within one year of an election?
The Liberals deny it is the Polls, they suggest it is the principle in Sudbury Liberal meeting between Aug 31-Sept 2, 2009.
The Bloc Strategic Counsel poll for CTV and The Globe and Mail, the Bloc is now at 49 per cent support in Quebec -- its highest level since the 2004 election.. and NDP stand to lose the most seats in a November election are repeating the rhetoric in pushing for an election unless the Government meets it's demands.
Both the Bloc and NDP have been consistent and have been voting against the government 99% of the time since the General Election October 14, 2008.
The Government "official" position is they don't want an election.
Do the Polls favour the Liberals in an upcoming election to gain seats? Yes
Does the "faux" outrage by the opposition regarding the leaked tape provide any NEW information to the voter?
The Government Hidden Agenda exposed?
- Scrapping Gun Registry.
- Appointing less left leaning activist judges.
- Balancing the Senate with non Liberals
- Scrapping Programs that are filled with liberal appointees ie ...Court Challenges.
- Majority to end the coalition threat.
Canadians will have a choice if the opposition vote non confidence in the government including returning the status quo minority parliament.
Replace the unstable minority current government:
- A majority for the CPC
- Keep the status quo hoping the CPC minority can keep the coalition from gaining control.
- A minority led by the Liberals supported by a coalition supported by the NDP and Bloc.
- Punish the government for being "small" and give the Liberals a majority.
@ 2:27 Michael feels it is VERY important to have the coalition option.
@ 3:15 ..the COALITION has been essential in pushing this man back forcing him to make concessions that were in the national interest.
Why would ANYONE than believe Michael Ignatieff would eliminate a legal, democratic option, an essential tool that was used to push back the government in the national interest? Is he telling us a white-lie to spare us?
"Let me be clear: the Liberal Party would not agree to a coalition. In January we did not support a coalition, and we do not support a coalition today or tomorrow," He says the party will seek support and consensus of "partners" but will not sign a formal coalition deal. He said he does not believe Canadians are in favour of a coalition government.-September 11, 2009
A campaign narrative that is being deployed is the CPC Majority is needed to prevent a Liberal led coalition backed with Socialists/Separtists. The Liberals will be govern propped up by socialists and separtists.
Another campaign narrative that is being deployed by the Liberals will be the Hidden Agenda, mean, scary Harper is destroying Canada.
Unfortunately the Hidden Agenda Scary Harper narrative has been used since 2000 and has not effective in slowing the loss of Liberal voters.
The Loss of Catholic Votes, Visible Minorities, leadership, indentified Liberal partisans is explored in detail in a study The Anatomy of a Liberal Defeat.
The Campaign 2009 may not provide the results expected by the partisans for each party.