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Liberal Government Requires NDP Support, Which Comes At A Price

December 10, 2008

Let’s nix this idea right now.

Fife also said senior Liberals have told him that they may not need a coalition to form a new government.

“If they do defeat the Conservative government… Ignatieff will go to the Governor General and say ‘We think we can form the government but we don’t have to do it with a coalition,'” Fife said.

“In other words we don’t have to give the NDP any seats in a Liberal government.”

I don’t think that the Senior Liberals understand that they are not talking from a position of power here.

In order for the Liberals to become government in this situation, they need the support of the NDP and Bloc. The price for the NDP’s support is 25% of the cabinet seats, as per the signed deal.

If the Liberals don’t adhere to the coalition deal, they only have two other options: an election, or enabling Conservative policies for years to come.

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  1. December 10, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Hmmm… sounds risky to me. I keep reminding others that 62% of Canadians didn’t vote Conservative, but Iggy must remember that 72% (I think?) didn’t vote Liberal, either. Attempting a Liberal/NDP (BQ supported) coalition seems democratic to me, but a solely Liberal alternative gov’t seems less so, and DEFINITELY less stable. I don’t think it’s much of a possibility.

  2. December 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Stupid “senior Liberals”.

  3. December 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    The Liberals will get one chance to reaffirm their deal with the NDP. After that, it’s either they support the Harper régime or be ready for an election.

  4. December 11, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Ignatieff was the choice for electability and electability only. I think the Liberals are expecting Ms Jean to call another election after the government is defeated on the 26th. Iggy (who hates being called Iggy) will be taking seats from the Bloc and the Tories, but probably not enough to form a majority. I doubt that the Conservatives will retain many seats from Oshawa east if our two good parties could work together and strategically nominate swing riding representatives of the coalition. Hopefully we won’t have any more of this Gerrard Kennedy Vs. Peggy Nash which was just a way to steal a seat from your party. Let’s see Ann Chambers (NDP) not run in Vancouver South and Bill Cunningham (Lib) not run in Burnaby-Douglas, but more importantly, in my opinion, let’s see Mary Louise Lorefice not run in Central Nova.
    We really need some serious legal gerrymandering between our parties in order to beat the united right, but for balance’s sake I’d prefer having the right wing Bloc Quebecois retain significant power in parliament. They will be able to keep a healthy balance to keep my party from diving to far to the left. I appreciate the left (provincially), but I don’t think it’s good to stray too far from the centre (federally).

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