Coalition warning

The Conservative war room sent out a release Wednesday afternoon warning that an NDP candidate’s resignation is proof that the NDP and Liberals are scheming together to take power after the May 2 election.

Earlier Wednesday, Ryan Dolby, the NDP candidate in Elgin-Middlesex-London, had dropped out because he fears a Conservative majority. The move seems unlikely to threaten Tory incumbent Joe Preston, who won more votes than the New Democrat and Liberal combined last time, but it was quickly greeted with pleasure by Liberals, who hope that New Democrat supporters will flee their party to support the Liberals as the campaign goes along.

Layton shrugged off the news, but New Democrats expressed anger.

For the Conservatives, though, it isn’t a sign of competition between the two other parties, but a sign of their secret plan. Their subsequent release has an almost tongue-in-cheek quality:

Conservative Party of Canada

COALITION WATCH

March 30, 2011

For Immediate Release

BREAKING NEWS More Proof of the coalition

Further evidence was revealed today with confirmation that Jack Layton’s candidate in Elgin-Middlesex-London has dropped out to support his Coalition partner, the Liberal candidate.

With the Liberals and the NDP helping to help each other in ridings across Canada, what further proof is needed? The Coalition plan is now secretly at work on the ground. That is why the choice in this election is clear: A stable, national, Conservative government or an Ignatieff-led Coalition with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois.

Ignatieff-led Liberal-NDP Bloc Québécois Coalition plan revealed Despite his denials, Michael Ignatieff’s secret plan to form a Coalition with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois is now part of the official Coalition platform.

While Michael Ignatieff won’t come clean about his secret plan during the election, the plan has been revealed by Section 1.4.11 of the Bloc Québécois’s platform which reads: “In the event of a Parliament with no majority, the Bloc Québécois reserves the right to support a coalition of political parties, as long as the respect of Quebec values is guaranteed.” (p. 39)

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About Stephen Maher

Canadian journalist and novelist. 2016 Harvard Nieman fellow.
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