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The fate of Harper’s government appears to rest on Jack Layton and the NDP’s shoulders

At least, that’s what it appears to me to look like, as these statements and actions from Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe today seems to indicate he and his party doesn’t intend to support the Conservatives on any non-confidence vote (at least, not beyond any theoretical Ways and Means Motion trickery the Conservatives might try to table in order to blame the Liberals for killing the Home Renovation Tax Credit, as Mr. Duceppe has said his party would vote for that). I don’t see a lot of wiggle room here from Monsieur Deceppe’s statement today to back off a “no-confidence in the government vote” by the Bloc:

A federal election appears to be inevitable, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe said on Tuesday, as his party launched an ad campaign that claims there’s little difference between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. “Mr. Ignatieff doesn’t seem to look like he’s going to back down, and Mr. Harper is not the kind of man who makes compromises or who achieves consensus … so I think the chances of an election are great — more than great,” Duceppe said in Quebec City following a caucus meeting

Why would the BQ bring out their own attack ads otherwise if they intend to support the government for the next little while?

The NDP is now a relevant player in deciding the fate of Canada in 2009  (okay, maybe that’s over dramatic, but their decision to support or reject the Conservative government on any non-confidence votes this time around now seem to be the key to whether or not there is an election in 2009).

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1 comment to The fate of Harper’s government appears to rest on Jack Layton and the NDP’s shoulders

  • Layton pretty much killed any chance today in an interview, very resigned. My take, the phone never rang, Harper didn’t care to try with the NDP.

    Off to the hustings!

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