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Monday, September 22, 2008

Layton may take Frank up on his offer!

Jack Layton today indicated that he might be interested in Frank Valeriote's offer to "unite the left" in an effort to forcibly remove Stephen Harper, if elected, from the PMO.
"NDP Leader Jack Layton is refusing to rule out a coalition government with St├ęphane Dion's Liberals if that's what it takes to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper."
Would Canadians stand for this usurption of their democratic vote?

More importantly, how does the Guelph NDP candidate Tom King feel to have the rug pulled out from under him by his own leader?

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7 Comments:

  • At Mon Sep 22, 09:29:00 AM EDT, Blogger Ontario Blue Tory said…

    Ouch. Bad news for Tom King, considering that he based his entire campaign on the claims that the Liberals weren't showing up for work. I mean, who stands up for lazy people that don't show up for work?...ohhhh, the NDP.

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 09:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger James Bow said…

    Oh, there's precedent. Remember, back in 1984, the Progressive Conservatives got 51 seats, the Liberals 49 and the NDP 20. Frank Miller formed the government and tried to get a throne speech passed, but the Liberals and the NDP defeated it, which set up the informal Petersen coalition which governed Ontario effectively for two years.

    If recent polls are to be believed, the Conservatives are sitting fairly pretty with 36-37% support, but the Liberals are around 30% and the NDP are around 20%. That's close to a majority of the voting public. If the two parties can get together, and if they have the seats to produce a majority coalition, that's democracy for you.

    Now, if they're talking about candidates pulling out of ridings to stop "vote splitting", that's another matter entirely. I don't like to have my choices taken away before I vote.

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 09:33:00 AM EDT, Blogger James Bow said…

    And, I should point out, that there is NOTHING in the Star article you're quoting that indicates that Layton might be considering pulling NDP candidates out of their campaigns to stop vote splitting. This talk of coalition is for the period AFTER the vote.

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 10:02:00 AM EDT, Blogger Joanne (True Blue) said…

    Mr. Bean teaming up with the Obama Wannabee. Wow.

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 10:03:00 AM EDT, Blogger Joanne (True Blue) said…

    BTW, would Lizzie May be part of this coalition too?

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 10:50:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Jim F said…

    You're all forgetting about the Bloc. There's no guarantee that the Liberals and NDP combined would have more seats than the Conservatives, and the BQ has absolutely nothing to gain from ever being in an alliance with the Liberals.

     
  • At Mon Sep 22, 11:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger "Expert" Tom said…

    This is aimed at getting soft NDP votes to not slip to the Liberals. My guess is the move is designed to keep the NDP base, steal some Liberal supporters who don't want Harper but don't like Dion either, and push centrist Liberals to the CPC.

    My 2 cents

     

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