The television news reports of pro-coalition demonstrations show what looks much more like an NDP-Labour Union coalition than a Liberal-led one. Considering that the NDP is a smaller party than the Grits, Union leaders like Sid Ryan and other New Democrats seem more prominently on display than well-known Grits are.
Perhaps I am imagining this, but I find it curious that it is the socialists Bob Rae, Jack Layton and Ed Broadbent who are leading the fight for the coalition now that Stéphane Dion has become irrelevant.
Mainstream Grits seem more intent on ridding themselves of Stéphane Dion’s leadership than in selling Canadians on a shaky coalition whose very existence depends on the insidious Bloc Québécois.
Today on CTV’s Question Period, Leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff paraphrased Mackenzie King with, “a coalition if necessary, but not necessarily a coalition,” indicating he can see a parliamentary future that does not necessarily include a Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition/alliance. This is in stark contrast to the coalition at any cost line being preached by Bob Rae and Jack Layton.
Here’s an revealing paragraph taken from the Opinion section of The Toronto Star:
And here’s a warning from the leader of the Ontario New Democrats, Howard Hampton:
Can you imagine a Canada ruled by a triumvirate of Bob Rae, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe? Frankly the mere thought scares the heck out of me. And perhaps this unpleasant prospect will be enough to shock 12 or more small “c” conservative Grit MPs into the Tory camp, for there are several who do not relish the idea of the Liberal Party lurching further to the left.