Posts Tagged ‘ Liberal-NDP coalition ’

Will Con-NDP “coalition” be big Ottawa surprise of 2011?

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

Just for starters, if there is not going to be a Canadian federal election this year at least one of the three opposition parties will have to vote with the Harper Conservative minority government on the budget “expected to be brought down in March.”  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff “says he wants to see the budget […]



Can some kind of Mike and Jack show in Ottawa still lean Canada forward?

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Technically, a Canadian federal election on December 31, 2010 could still be called as late as November 26 — 11 days from now. (And as some will want to remember here, the Federal Court of Appeal has “ruled that the Bill C-16 fixed-election-date measures” which became law “in May 2007 … did not … change […]



No merger (yet?) but .. you only really “win” an election in Canada when you get a majority in Parliament

Jun 9th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

So the sudden rumour Warren Kinsella apparently started yesterday  — that “serious people are involved in discussions at a serious level” about a Liberal-NDP merger — has now been officially squelched by both Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and New Democrat leader Jack Layton.  We are, it would seem, back to Ignatieff’s “coalition if necessary but […]



“Coalition if necessary but not necessarily coalition” : Iggy says something sensible at last ..

Jun 6th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Personally, I have always liked Michael Byers’s Liberal-NDP cease-fire proposal. But politics is the art of the possible. In Canada today the Liberals and the New Democrats are just not ready for even this limited form of vague alignment — and certainly not before the next federal election takes place, whenever that may be. In […]



More news on coalition blues .. a PM Layton could win (with Quebec spin)?

May 31st, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 22, MAY 3, 2011]. In today’s Globe and Mail Brian Mulroney’s former chief of staff Norman Spector reports on an intriguing new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll, originally published in slightly more depth in today’s La Presse in Montreal. Among other things “the poll … asked Canadians how they would vote if the […]



Remembrance of coalitions passed … and the Canadian rebellion tradition

Dec 6th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009. Yesterday marked the 172nd anniversary of William Lyon Mackenzie’s ill-fated (and no doubt somewhat comic-operetta) march down Yonge Street in a much earlier incarnation of this city — the height, as it were, of the Upper Canadian Rebellion of 1837. On a perhaps vaguely related but much more recent wave […]