Monday, June 07, 2010

Coalition if Necessary...

This seems perfectly reasonable to me:

Ignatieff willing to lead coalition, but talk of merger with NDP is ‘absurd’

Michael Ignatieff says coalition governments are “perfectly legitimate” and he'd be prepared to lead one if that's the hand Canadian voters deal him in the next election.

But the Liberal Leader says it would be disrespectful to voters and damaging to his party to try to strike any deals with the NDP before voters have spoken.

In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Mr. Ignatieff dismissed talk of a merger or any sort of election non-compete agreement with the NDP as “absurd.”

As I've said before, there's nothing inherently wrong about coalitions. Say the Bloc collapsed and we get a parliament that looks like this:

CPC 123
Lib 120
NDP 35
BQ 30

Now say the Liberals won the popular vote. Surely then, a Liberal-NDP coalition would make a lot of sense. There's no point in ruling it out categorically beforehand because, by ruling it out, you'd be robing it its legitimacy.

Hopefully this will end all the coalition and merger talk for a while. Because I'm sure Liberals would rather be talking about the billion dollar G20 price tag than about this.


  • I think the problem is that he was FOR the coalition before he was AGAINST it, before he was FOR it. Or was it the other way around ....? It's really difficult to know.

    By Blogger jad, at 11:04 AM  

  • Haha I think jad has identified the problem with the guy -- his positions are infinitely flexible :D

    CG... that billion dollar pricetag is off the hook - I'd rather an Opposition leader be talking about that, for sure!

    By Anonymous Jacques Beau Verte, at 11:45 AM  

  • So..basically the count is saying that if he can't win at the ballot box, he will do an end run to grab the reigns of power..


    Why not state your intentions before an election, and let the voters decide?

    Could it be that an electoral loss of historic proportions would follow?

    I doubt Iggy would even get so much as a reach around after all the bending over he would be doing for Jack and Gilles.

    By Blogger kursk, at 1:23 PM  

  • If the BLOC collapsed, Cons would gain at least 10 seats.

    By Blogger wilson, at 2:04 PM  

  • I think based on what Iggy has said and the potential results in the post that such a coalition would be acceptable and I am a Conservative. Even if the Liberals did not win the popular vote, such a coalition would be acceptable because it could govern without Bloc support.

    That said I continue to think that your modest proposal of a Liberal/Conservative merger has more to like about it. It would almost certainly bring many in Quebec back into the federalist fold and would be a truly national government for the first time since the Mulroney era. Dan what do you seriously think of your not so serious proposal?

    By Blogger Earl, at 2:15 PM  

  • What makes him so sure that HE would be the one to lead the coalition?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:42 PM  

  • Bob Rae and Jean Chretien should STFU about this coalition talk.

    It is not doing the party, the poll numbers or the current leadership any good.

    By Anonymous N. Corrigal, at 10:13 PM  

  • wilson said...
    "If the BLOC collapsed, Cons would gain at least 10 seats."

    You don't know much about Quebec, do you wilson? In the next election, the CPofC will be lucky if they can hold all 11 they hold now. Also the Bloc isn't collapsing anytime soon, so this is all wishful thinking.

    By Blogger Tof KW, at 4:12 PM  

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