Iggy sets out to keep Harper in check

Liberal leader wants some answers before he grades the Tories

Michael Ignatieff is asking for an assessment on employment insurance, and infrastructure in advance of his first report card on the Harper government next month. In exchange for allowing the Conservatives to remain in power and for allowing the federal budget to pass—Ignatieff put the party on “probation,” maintaining his party reserves the right to defeat the government if the Liberals aren’t satisfied with the Conservatives three detailed progress reports (the first one due this month). Last weekend in Halifax, Ignatieff said he wanted to know why Atlantic Canadians were delayed in receiving employment insurance payments in light of a Public Service Alliance of Canada official’s claims that about 8,000 people have been waiting longer than the standard 28 day period in the region.

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