Coalition: Iggy going around it
There is still a general coalition discussion thread. But its moving pretty slow, and is long enough to give me a problems. Given the new turn of events I'm going to do what is intended as a replacement thread. There is a thread about Iggy and his intentions. This follows discussions from there, but is more focused on the where goes the Coalition.
Ignatieff consults political brain trust on economy
"Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is developing a stimulus plan for the Canadian economy with a close circle of advisers that includes Ontario's Minister of Finance, who is already dealing with the crisis head-on.
Dwight Duncan, who has long been a strong supporter of Mr. Ignatieff, is offering critical advice to the newly appointed Liberal Leader on industrial issues and the auto industry, a source said. Mr. Ignatieff has also consulted Frank McKenna, deputy chairman of TD Bank Financial Group, and Don Drummond, a former senior Finance official and the TD's senior economist, as well as Liberal MPs John McCallum and Scott Brison.
He needs all the advice he can get, given that he has only a few weeks to deliver a clear Liberal plan to navigate the current crisis."
What a LIBERAL government would do. Not what the Coalition would do. Dion is only gone a couple days and already the Liberals stop being stupid. Now that I see it, so obvious. If you don't like the Coalition just ignore it.
No need to kill it. Aside from the fact you may need it if you elect to be PM now, it wouldn't look good anyway. But show everybody who the boss is.
And I heard on the radio this morning some MP going after the tar sands. Same meaage: what a Liberal government would do.
Not an ideal situation. But also not what some are going to expect from this.
It might appear like Iggy can elect to exercise the Coalition option and just tell the partners the score.
No. And it isn't just the policy agreement which Iggy agrees stands as is. The governing follow-up has to conform to the agreement as well. If it even just looks like the Liberal plan, then the NDP has the nuclear button of bringing on the election the Liberals simply cannot afford.
This Iggy Shift is all about general positioning- not about the Coalition per se. [Though ignoring the Coalition is part of that.]
This is Iggy and the Liberals getting back in control of the agenda. Proceeding as if the Coalition will not be "required".... which is smart politics for them whether they choose to let Harper govern or go with the Coalition.