The prime minister, Stephen Harper, is expected to address Canadians tonight and it is usual for the opposition to receive equal time. But now tricky Jack Layton wants to end that practice; he wants his side—Liberal/NDP/Bloc coalition/alliance—to have double the time the government gets.
Jack doesn’t seem to get it. He has traded his party’s independence for seats at the Liberal table. There is no longer any such thing as an independent New Democrat voice, it’s as simple as that. Stéphane Dion now is the de facto spokesperson for the NDP, not Jack.
From now on, we have a de facto two-party parliament plus a couple of independent members.
Jack’s just embarrassing himself. Hopefully a helpful New Democrat will be kind and take the fellow aside and explain the ramifications of what he has done.