Harper won't bend for the opposition

PM says Conservative minority is bound for defeat in Parliament

Stephen Harper says he has no plans to play nice with the opposition even if he’s sent back to Parliament with a minority government. Harper shot down the possibility of cooperation during an appearance in Rivière-du-Loup, Que., on Wednesday, saying the opposition has already decided it would topple a Conservative minority and govern as a coalition. “We don’t know what that [coalition] government will stand for,” Harper said. “But we do know the general outlines. There’s no focus on the economy. There are tax hikes, and of course these parties have very dangerous and conflicting views on national unity and constitutional matters.” In an interview with the CBC on Tuesday, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said his party would be open to working with the Conservatives in a minority government.


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