Michael Ignatieff has castigated Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government over its Jan. 27 budget, but wimps out and supports the budget anyway, with some face-saving amendments that are supposed to make the government more accountable.
At a news conference earlier today, Ignatieff engaged in much the same sort of puffery we have become accustomed to with the former Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion. But when the rubber hit the road, Mr. Ignatieff broke with the now deceased Liberal-NDP-Bloc alliance and sided with the Tory government.
NDP leader Jack Layton seems furious—I’m watching him now on CTV NewsNet—as he chastises Ignatieff for what he sees as a betrayal of Dion’s promise to bring down the government and give Jack a seat at the Liberal cabinet table. Jack says that we now have a new coalition with the Liberals and the Conservatives. Poor Jack, no more cockiness, just bitterness.