Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Nation's Eyes Turn to Jack Layton

Jan 26: NDP MP Mulcair says it's 'highly unlikely' NDP will support budget unless tax cuts cancelled

Jan 27: Layton says he has no 'bottom line' budget demands

Feb 18: John Ivison: Spring vote not likely after Harper, Layton make nice

Feb 19: Layton caves on corporate tax cuts

Feb 20: Layton draws strong line on budget, opening door to election

Feb 21: With Harper playing ‘games,’ NDP rattles election sabre

March 8: NDP orders up decals for its campaign plane

Mar 10: NDP getting cold feet on bringing down Harper government right now

Mar 13: No Indication Government Will Meet NDP Budget Demands: Layton



  • ...and the obvious conclusion is that Layton and his people decided at the beginning of the year that Spring 2011 was as good a time as any for an election and he and Mulcair hatched a strategy to keep the NDP in the public eye as much as possible by being coy and purposely sending mixed signals. Seems to have worked like a charm!

    By Blogger DL, at 10:40 a.m.  

  • It's obvious Layton wants a way out of this.

    By Anonymous CJS, at 8:24 a.m.  

  • Obvious to who? I think he WANTS an election...you'll see next week - if Liberals are counting on the NDP to save them from a spring election - time to dust off plan B.

    By Blogger DL, at 10:08 a.m.  

  • DL,

    Layton's demands were pretty weak, compared to the lines drawn by the Liberals (corporate tax cut reversed) and BQ (5 billion).

    By Anonymous CJS, at 11:28 a.m.  

  • Layton's demands may be more realistic than the BQ demands - but I think that the NDP always knew that there was no chance at all of Harper meeting even relatively modest demands. It all fits into the narrative that the NDP was making reasonable demands and trying to make parliament work - but Harper is too intransigent. The plan seems to be working since the Ipsos poll yesterday showed that only 3% of Canadians would blame the NDP for causing an early election.

    By Blogger DL, at 12:04 p.m.  

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