Layton on elections and non-confidence votes


Kapuskasing, Ont.’s Northern Times, offers this quote from Jack Layton, in a short piece on his visit there last week: “Is an election the answer? No, a change of direction is. But if the Liberals come through with a non-confidence motion, don’t hold your breath that the NDP will back up Mr. Harper — you’d fall over.”

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Layton on elections and non-confidence votes

  1. John Ivison will be one of the observers holding his breath:

    The last Canwest poll by Ipsos Reid had the Dippers at 14% support, down from 18% at the last election, when they won 37 seats. In the interim, the party has been drained of cash and energy by provincial elections in British Columbia and Nova Scotia that have hurt its ability to fight a fully funded national campaign.

    The bottom line is turkeys don't vote for Christmas, so don't expect NDP leader Jack Layton to be lining up to support a Liberal vote of non-confidence any time soon.

    • Perfect assessment.

      Ignatieff just wants Layton to wear the dunce cap for awhile. I actually think this may backfire on the Liberals though. If the NDP can be seen as actually being effective in negotiating with the Conservatives it will give them some much needed credibility.

  2. The NDP isn't the hapless gathering of Birkenstock social workers that a lot of pundits make them out to be. Maybe it's a risky strategy, but make no mistake this has been a deliberate strategy to continually call out the Liberals, and invite comparisions with the NDP's record of opposing Harper.

    This move by the Liberals (in Sudbury!) shows that the NDP strategy is having an effect, the Liberals are feeling it on their left flank and moving to shore that up, trying to go on the offensive even though it could hurt their soft support on the right.

    If the Liberals don't follow through, the NDP wins that question about who is the "real" Opposition. And if they do, the NDP has its strongholds safe from Liberal attack, and can still point to the virtual coalition government that has been in place for four years.

    And, in the unlikely event Harper makes concessions, the NDP claism that as a victory, "real" Opposition etc.

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