The Stephen Harper Conservatives could very well find themselves propped up by socialists and separatists whether the prime minister likes it or not. Apparently, federal NDP leader Jack Layton told CTV’s Question Period on Sunday that an election is not inevitable and that there’s still time for the prime minister to do the right thing, which is to work with other parties (read NDP) on the issues that are facing Canadians in this recession. In other words, throw us a bone and we’ll play along.
Also, The Gazette speculates today that the Bloc may also prop up the Tories. Nothing like the prospects of a fall election to concentrate the mind of those whose pensions require them to spend more time in the House.
As Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe put it, “… I hope that Harper will realize that it’s not because you can’t do everything you want to do that you should do nothing.”
These two opposition parties have been given a free ride to suck and blow at the same time for the past couple of years as first Stéphane Dion then Michael Ignatieff shouldered the load of keeping the Tories in office during periods when none of the parties wanted to go to the polls. Now that Ignatieff seems to have found some backbone and is threatening to vote no confidence in the government, both the NDP and the Bloc will have to climb down from their high horses and make some hard decisions and possible pay a price at the polls when we inevitably have the next federal election.
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