The Liberal Party won't try to form a coalition with any other party, Leader Michael Ignatieff promised Saturday.
Ignatieff tried to pre-empt possible questions from the media — and criticism by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper — by releasing a written statement about 45 minutes before he was due to kick off his campaign on Parliament Hill.
"We will not enter a coalition with other federalist parties," Ignatieff said in the statement. "In our system, coalitions are a legitimate constitutional option. However, I believe that issue-by-issue collaboration with other parties is the best way for minority Parliaments to function."
"We categorically rule out a coalition or formal arrangement with the Bloc Québécois."
Ignatieff says if Canada faces a minority parliament after the election, he'll work issue by issue with other parties.
This leaves Stephen Harper the only leader lying to Canadians about (his 2004 love of) coalitions.