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Trudeau might be open to forming coalition with NDP, but not with Mulcair as leader

‘Politics needs to be about rallying. And we have very different perspectives on how politics should be practised.’


 

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would “maybe” be more open to the idea of forming a coalition with the NDP if Tom Mulcair was not running the party.

Asked on Tuesday whether having someone other than Mulcair as leader would change the dynamic in terms of a coalition between the two parties, Trudeau replied: “I don’t know….Honestly, I don’t want get into hypotheses. Maybe, but maybe not.

“There are no problems in terms of personality,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview from Oakville, Ont. “Mr. Mulcair is a veteran politician who has proven himself.

“His style is anchored in the old way of practising politics. Politics needs to be about rallying. And we have very different perspectives on how politics should be practised.”

Some recent polls have suggested the possibility of a minority government in Ottawa after this fall’s election.

Mulcair reiterated his openness last month to a possible coalition with the Liberals if it is necessary to topple Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

The Opposition leader accused Trudeau at the time of putting personal interests ahead of those of Canadians because the Liberal leader had repeatedly expressed his lack of interest in discussing coalitions.

“Whenever we have opened that door, Justin Trudeau slams it shut,” Mulcair said. “My first priority is to get rid of Stephen Harper. The first priority of Justin Trudeau is Justin Trudeau.”

On Tuesday, Trudeau categorically rejected the idea of a coalition.

“I’m not interested at all in any formal arrangement,” said the Liberal leader. “On the contrary, I find that wanting to make arrangements with other parties is putting the desire for power ahead of the interests of Canadians. What Canadians are interested in is having a coherent government.”

Trudeau noted that the two parties have major differences of opinion on economic and constitutional issues.


 

Trudeau might be open to forming coalition with NDP, but not with Mulcair as leader

  1. a] Trudeau doesn’t need a coalition

    b] Mulcair will be shredded as ‘French’ by the Cons anyway.

  2. Why would Justin bait Mulcair like this?

    The enmity between the two is already palpable. These childish comments simply make it that much more likely Mulcair focuses his attacks on Justin rather than Harper.

    The NDP need to play the long game now. Bury the Liberals once and for all in this election. Force a merger on your terms or let the Liberals slip into oblivion. The wheel will turn in 2019 and Mulcair will be Prime Minister.

    • The NDP have been playing the ‘long game’ for 60 years now.

    • If the dippers fall to third, Tom may as well pack his bags. He is trying for this coalition in order to save his skin from the rank-in-file, if he looses, out the door he goes, if he gets Trudeau to form a coalition, he gets another Mulligan from the party to keep his job, until they are ready to kick him out. So Tom is like Harper, Tom takes care of Tom.

      • I don’t think Mulcair has a powerhouse in Quebec. That constituency has a rep for fluidity. Just as it flowed to the NDP it from Bloq and will flow elsewhere at the drop of a “mais oui1!”

  3. Thomas Mulcair is not as progressive as Justin is. He still has one foot firmly planted in the fifties. I agree that it would be a bad pairing. If we want to move Canada forward progressively it will be Justin that will do that for us.

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