Monday, February 16, 2009

Ignatieff acknowledges coalition was a bad idea.

Ignatieff might be on the record saying that the Liberal/NDP coalition that threatened to seize control of the government was not a mistake, but he seems to have acknowledged that it was a bad idea.
... the new Liberal leader acknowledged that Western outrage over the prospect of seeing overturned the results of the last federal election -- which brought a West-dominated minority Conservative government to power -- gave him pause.
"You are, after all, looking at someone who turned down the chance to become prime minister of Canada, and I did so, in part, because I felt that it would divide the country," said Mr. Ignatieff. "I want to be someone who unites the country, and that includes the West."
Although Iggy doesn't rule out working with the NDP to pass legislation in order to govern in the event that the government is defeated, he's pretty firm when it comes to kiboshing any further speculation about a coalition between the Liberals and the NDP or the Bloc.
It's pretty obvious that Ignatieff, who still has something left to lose - lots, in fact - would never agree to a coalition between the NDP and the Liberals the way an utterly destroyed Stephane Dion did. (Hell, even Dion was smart enough to resist it until it was the absolutely last option available.) Well, it's obvious to everyone except those Conservatives who continue to stomp their feet and impatiently insist that tossing fiscal restraint to the wolves and setting back small-government ideology in Canada by ten years was The Only Way To Stop The Coalition!, anyway.
And, let's face it, that argument gets more and more transparent by the day. You can pull apart the talking points even if you assume that Ignatieff is politically stupid and would have been willing to go through with the coalition, but that's just not a realistic assumption, and neither is the assumption that he would have spent far and above what the Conservatives did in their budget regardless of what Canadians wanted - no matter how much the partisans want that to be true.
Cross-posted to The Shotgun.

3 comments:

wilson said...

All Iffy said was, next time, He will regain enough seats,
He will not need the Bloc in the coalition deal.

Lib + Dippers, if their combined seats total more than Conservatives,
means Iffy seizes the government.
So what's changed?
Just the sales pitch.

All Iffy has to do is take 15 seats from the Cons,
add in the Dippers 37, and Iffy takes government with 92 seats to Cons 128 (15 loss).

So again, what's changed?

Oh, and ask Dion and Rae and all the other 'little people'
Iffy has trounced on to get to the top,
if Iffy can be trusted....NO

Blame Crash said...

Re : "it's obvious to everyone except those Conservatives who continue to stomp their feet"

We must be in alternate universes.
In my universe it's totally obviously that the people who are doing most of the pouting and sniveling and "continue to stomp their feet" are all the libertarian & ayn rand "crew".
Of course, we don't want to forget the "Spare Coyne" groupies either.

On another note, your whole post take's the position that everything
iggyanky say's is the absolute truth. Why is that? How is it that you know what the Coup Kook's budget would of been? Did you somehow forget that iggyanky was not the leader of the Coup Kook's at the time of the Coup? And even if he was, how do you know what he'd of done? It's no mystery what he would of done, and that is spend as much money as it took to satisfy the dirtbag socialists and the filthy separtist's.
The real "argument that gets more and more transparent by the day" is that the so called "Pretending Tories" that opposed the Conservatives , are all lost at sea and their ship is as full of holes as their ideology.
I'd get in that life raft if I was you!

Ron said...

"You are, after all, looking at someone who turned down the chance to become prime minister of Canada, and I did so, in part, because I felt that it would divide the country," said Mr. Ignatieff. "I want to be someone who unites the country, and that includes the West." ----- If this is an accurate quote then he is starting off his tour with a huge lie; obviously his interest in the West doesn't include being truthful. Had the coalition succeeded DION would have been PM, not Ignatieff. Once Ignatieff because leader, there was absolutely no possible way he could have become PM. Canadians have spoken quite loudly that the coalition was not their choice; there is no evidence the GG would have asked him, and there is more than ample evidence Canadian voters would have thrown him out for defeating the much needed stimulus package and forcing an election, thus delaying any budget for another 3 to 6 months. He did not stay with the coalition because it was not in his personal interests; the West had nothing to do with it. Just like the Separatists in Quebec and the re-enactment debacle, Mr. Ignatieff is re-writing history to suit his purposes. When you begin with a lie, nothing good can follow.