Mr. Ignatieff comes fairly close to echoing Rob Silver.
Michael Ignatieff says the proof that he’s not scheming to head a coalition government is that he rejected the prime minister’s chair in January.
Stephen Harper made it clear in a surreptitiously-recorded speech to Conservative insiders last week that he will campaign for a majority government by warning that the Liberals harbour a hidden agenda to take power in a coalition backed by the NDP and Bloc Québécois…
But as proof that is not his goal, Mr. Ignatieff points to the face that after he became Liberal Leader he declined to defeat the Tories eight weeks later on their January budget, killing off the coalition. “I could have been standing here as prime minister of Canada, but I turned it down,” he said.