‘End of story’

by Aaron Wherry

Thomas Mulcair rules out any kind of coalition with Liberals.

One thing Mulcair is clear on is that he’ll go after Liberal supporters, but won’t work with the rival party. “N.O.,” he told HuffPost. The NDP tried to form a coalition with the Liberals in 2008 and then the Grits “lifted their noses up on it,” Mulcair said.

The coalition experience taught Mulcair everything he needs to know about the Liberals. They’re untrustworthy and he said he’ll never work with them again, whether in a formal or informal coalition. “The no is categorical, absolute, irrefutable and non-negotiable. It’s no. End of story. Full stop,” he said.

Greg Fingas considers the leadership ballot ramifications.




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‘End of story’

  1. Presumably Mulcair is taking hard line against coalition because some dippers are questioning Mulcair’s NDP bona fides. I didn’t watch debate but from what I read it sounds like other leader candidates were questioning Mulcair’s loyalty yesterday. 

    Via Wells, I read interesting Hebert column earlier and she points out Mulcair is anti-establishment candidate gaining support out west in BC. NDP brain trust in toronto and they prefer Topp, Nash or Dewar. 

  2. He means no then, until he doesn’t. Glad he settled that.

    I wonder if Fingas is right? Now this race becomes interesting at last. Who made the best move Mulcair or Nash? Traditionally you don’t close off your options, so Mulcair seems to have made a bold move here. As someone who favors cooperation I’m hoping it’s the wrong one – go Nathan go!

    • If you’re talking strategy, it’s probably best to deny a coalition, then have a dozen or so candidates drop out on both sides to deliver 24 CPC seats to the Liberals or NDP.  YOu could make the argument it’s not on the up and up, but if it unseats Harper it’s worth it! 

      • And then what?  Without a coalition agreement, what would make the government (let’s assume that means Mulcair is PM) table a bill for electoral reform?  Because he doesn’t seem to be for PR, either.  Just because it is official party policy, doesn’t make it “government” policy (assuming for a moment Mulcair’s NDP gets the most seats) as we Liberals have learned..

        Taking the worst of the Liberals and becoming that, isn’t exactly what I expected the NDP wanted.  But if he’s voted in now, who are the hypocrites?

        • Yeah I’m not so sure Mulcair or the ndp
          would willingly give up or share power were he to become Pm.

          Have you heard any rumors who Nathan would go to? He’s showing better than I thought he might. Could he even win d’you think?

          • I’m almost positive he won’t go to Singh (plus, he should be off the ballot before Cullen) and I now have reason to doubt Nash, Dewar and Topp (he really doesn’t like attacks).  I can’t see him going Mulcair because they have almost a total opposite vision. 

            It makes sense to me that Cullen will not endorse anyone, both because he respects people to make up their own minds without any silly suggestions from him, and because he endorses HIMSELF for leader.  If he liked one of the other guys, why put his own name in the ring?  There isn’t a speck of inside knowledge to my conjectures, though, so take it as such.

          • If he knows he can’t make it he should really be looking to play king/ queen maker, to not do so would be irresponsable – compromise being favorable to standing by while Mulcair scoops the pot – no second chance after the fact. Hopefully he hangs in there and becomes the compromise choice of first preference.

          • Oh, forgot one part.

            Of course he can win!  Will he win?  I’m not entirely sure, but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t at the very least third, and most likely second.

  3. Mulcair obviously doesn’t understand. The NDP and Liberals will be involved in a coalition as long as Harper says they are. Just ask him.

    End of story. Period.

  4. Wow.  What a horrible statement.  I don’t trust establishment Liberals at all, but you still have to leave the door open in case the establishment changes over the short term.  This statement could also easily be misrepresented to imply that Mulcair finds Liberals voters untrustworthy, which would be a disastrous statement for the NDP in 2015.

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