Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ignatieff: "We categorically rule out a coalition or formal arrangement with the Bloc Québécois."

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.

3 comments:

rabbit said...

Great.

Too bad he didn't say that before when repeatedly asked by a Toronto Star reporter.

ridenrain said...

Dion said the same thing..

Matt Guerin said...

And Harper embraced a coalition with the Bloc in 2004. Now he "says" he opposed. Total hypocrisy! You Tories shouldn't throw rocks in glass houses.