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Thoughts on 1st day of Federal Campaign – Coalition Clash
I don’t know about you but I’m already exhausted over the unresolvable interpretations of what is meant by “coalition” as it pertains to another Tory minority outcome.
Stephen Harper’s opening lines are essentially that “these guys will try again to form a coalition government if the Tories don’t get a majority. Iggie says “no we won’t,” but we can work together with others. They are probably both right, it’s just a matter of how you define the possibility.
I suggested in a tweet today that we change the channel on “coalition” to “accord ” which might better define what Mr. Harper is afraid of and what Mr. Ignatieff may be willing to consider as he renounces the prospect of a coalition. If you are not old enough to remember, but care what could happen at the end of this election, let me direct you back to 1985 in Ontario. Bob Rae was leader of the NDP. David Peterson was Leader of Libs. Frank Miller led the Progressive Conservative party to minority status in the election, gaining four seats more than the Liberals but fell 11 seats short of a majority. Bob Rae offered an “accord deal” to Peterson that satisfied the Lieutenant Gov. of the day enough to ask Peterson to form a government. It was a two-year signed deal that did not share power by offering the NDP any cabinet positions but agreed to implement some NDP policy.
It seems to me that when the Liberal leader says no coalition, he means it. I wonder though if he would be open to the idea of an “accord” which is what the PM is also afraid of ? Let’s ask him.