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Interesting things to watch for in the next month or 2.

Will Stephen Harper go running to the secessionists BQ and/or communists NDP to help prop up his government now that the Liberals have declared they will no longer support the government (You remember, those 2 other parties that were plotting together with the Liberals last December to have a bloodless coup, or whatever other hyperactive description the Conservatives were using at the time to cause hysterics across the country)? That ought to be interesting, considering how vilified these 2 parties were last winter by Conservatives and their supporters. They’ll be hoping the NDP and/or BQ have short-term memory loss about what was said back then.

Even more interesting, will the other 2 parties be receptive? Even for a guy desperate to cling to power like Harper is, I have a hard time seeing Harper go running to the Bloc, after vilifying them the most of the 3 parties from the aforementioned “there’s a coup happening!” nonsense, so that leaves him the NDP to go and chit-chat with.
Mr. Layton has been extremely quiet since yesterday’s Liberal declaration, leaving his lieutenants like Mulclair and others to mouth stuff like “if Harper compromises, maybe we can work things out” spiel, but I’d be interested to get Jack’s thoughts on this matter. The trump card he and the NDP have been using the last little bit – openly declaring they will vote against the government when they’ve known in advance the Liberals wouldn’t be – is now removed from him. He will now have to make a decision knowing it will either help to prop up the Conservative government, or help the Liberals to cause it to fall. His decision this time around has a lot more at stake.

Considering how often he and the NDP have declared they’re the only “real opposition” to Harper, this decision should be a no-brainer for them.. shouldn’t it? (UPDATE: If you read this interview of Layton last week in Kapuskasing’s paper, his attitude to them doesn’t seem to be one of wanting to prop the Conservatives up, so we shall see).

Lastly, a good lesson from all of this is if you motivate your base/core supporters, they will support you enthusiastically. A 400 percent increase or a 4 times increase in donations to LPC coffers since Ignatieff’s declaration is pretty good proof of that. The Conservatives learned that a long time ago; it’s good to see that concept catch on with Liberal Party leaders.

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7 comments to Interesting things to watch for in the next month or 2.

  • CWTF

    Funny how the Liberals are now focusing on the BQ and NDP…. after they stabbed them….

    and the “re-writing” of facts is amusing…

    Pogge said it best

    “Fat Steve, forget the frigging senate, how about reforming the house of commons to actually represent the people. Sure you’ll likely be out of 24 Sussex but then fuck you anyway, you duplicitous, fundie Reform hack. And you Iggy, you onanistic, patrician douche nozzle, well fuck you too. You dumb pricks want to call elections whenever you think you might see a glimmer of power and prestige available, well we the people, we want good government, regardless of who is in charge. Proportional representation now! Please.”

  • Jimmy

    Wow Liberals get a spine really fast it seems like only yesterday you were caving to Harper yelling “Do you want an election every year” now you are banging your chests yelling “ELECTION, ANYONE WHO DOESN’T WANT ONE IS STUPID.”

  • Northern PoV

    More horse-race-style speculation, but who can blame a lowly blogger when the MSM-adults do nothing but.

    The funniest (& extremely hypocritical) criticism of our Iggy is that he is not cranking out POLICY.

  • Mr. Layton has been extremely quiet since yesterday’s Liberal declaration…

    Which is as it should be, I think. We all should know by now that Harper hates surprises and is at his worst when he has to react quickly instead of being able to read from the script. One of the criticisms I’ve had of Ignatieff and the Liberals is they’ve been too quick to broadcast their intentions. I don’t think Mulcair should have said as much as he did. What the NDP should do right now, I think, is smile like the cat that swallowed the canary and say “We have no comment at this time”.

  • Grant

    Will Stephen Harper go running to the secessionists BQ and/or communists NDP to help prop up his government now that the Liberals have declared they will no longer support the government?

    No. Wether the PM plays ball or tells them to go pound pond salt, they will go to HIM.

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