This sounds to me like Jack Layton's NDP might actually decide to support the Conservative budget. What, the righteous and mighty NDP prop-up the forces of evil like they are some kind of Liberals or something? Sounds crazy, I know, and yet:
NDP Leader Jack Layton is making his support for this week's federal budget conditional on it meeting the concerns of Canadian families and dropping large corporate tax cuts.
"We should be making investments in health, education and infrastructure, where the working families of this country are most concerned," Layton said this weekend during a visit to Quebec.
Layton also called for more money for infrastructure and said the Conservative government should stop subsidizing large oil companies and banks.
So does that mean, if Harper meets their demands, Layton and the NDP will vote for the budget? I thought Layton had already made clear he was voting against the budget though, sight-unseen.
The NDP has already stated it will vote against the budget.Yep, that's what I thought. And also Sunday, Jack told CTV:
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has abandoned "any pretence of progressive opposition" by musing he might support the looming Conservative budget, says NDP Leader Jack Layton.
Fighting words. But wait, what was that Jack also said Sunday in Quebec?
NDP Leader Jack Layton is making his support for this week's federal budget conditional on it meeting the concerns of Canadian families and dropping large corporate tax cuts.Yeah, that's what I thought he'd said. That kind of sounds to me like Jack musing he might support the looming Conservative budget. Has Layton abandoned any pretense of progressive opposition too?
Or does he actually have no intention of supporting the budget, and instead will vote against it even if it has everything he demands, out of "principle" or something? Lend me your votes indeed.
All that said, it's still slightly more coherent than what's coming out of the Liberal caucus these days. Tomorrow will be interesting. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers