What will the third-place Liberals do? (2)

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What will the third-place Liberals do? (2)

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Wilf Day

A view from Calgary:

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With another Conservative minority, the Liberals would either have to prop up the Conservatives, voting in favour of legislation and initiatives they say they oppose to buy time, or they would have to defeat the government and potentially form a coalition with the NDP. That would never happen as long as Layton insisted on being prime minister as Liberals know such a scenario would certainly send the Liberal party into a long-term coma.

 

Wilf Day

Angus Reid poll:

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The idea of a coalition government featuring the Liberals and the NDP, if these two parties have more combined seats than the Tories, is appealing to 42 per cent of Canadians. Grit (78%) and NDP (62%) supporters like this scenario, but four-in-five Tories reject it. By far, the least popular option continues to be a Liberal-NDP coalition government buttressed by the Bloc (32%). Supporters of the sovereignist party (65%) and the Liberals (55%) are more likely to endorse this notion than New Democrats (45%).

Wil the Liberal Party really ignore 78% of their supporters? Suicide.

KenS

Not suicide.

Because they would not be facing THAT question. Questions phrased by pollsters in the abstract have no necessary relationship to the voter decision questions that are in practice in the field.

Wilf Day

The insider, a Liberal lobbyist, said

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I think a minority Parliament coming back would pick up pretty much where we left off, or worse.

. . . rather than allow Mr. Layton to become the Prime Minister in a coalition government, the Liberals would rather work with the Conservatives while they rebuild. "If the NDP came second, boy does that put the Liberals in a spot. The Liberals may decide on some kind of working arrangement based on clear policy arrangements with the Tories, as opposed to putting Jack Layton at 24 Sussex. The country may never forgive them," the lobbyist said. "The problem the Tories have is no one trusts them. They've never demonstrated the capacity to work with the other parties and that may end up in being a factor on what the parties end up doing, anything short of a majority."

 

adma

Iggy was meant to be a new Trudeau-figure.  Instead, he wound up being the John Wintermeyer of federal politics.

NorthReport

Who cares!

Jacob Richter

They can't call for strategic voting and they can't yell at the NDP for splitting votes.

KenS

You think not? People are doing that here who probably are not even Liberals.

But I dont think it matters any more. It was mattering less even before the tables turned.

Jacob Richter

If the Liberals can't get rid of their snobbiness, they'll remain stuck.

wage zombie

Are there any surviving Liberal MPs who should now be encouraged to resign and run in a by election as NDP candidates?

Not a very tempting proposition for them, I'm sure--but I would imagine the NDP could promise a well funded campaign if nothing else.  And people will be maaaaad about Harper.

At this point that's the only kind of outreach to Liberals that seems worthwhile.  Are there any worth reaching out to?  I don't see any but don't know too much about the surviving MPs in the Atlantic provinces.

adma

wage zombie wrote:

Are there any surviving Liberal MPs who should now be encouraged to resign and run in a by election as NDP candidates?

Justin Trudeau?LaughingLaughingLaughing

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I bet Stéphane Dion stole a snicker this morning.