I am not even sure if this is even still on the table, but anyway,has anyone asked Bob Rae (current Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto-Centre) point-blank - why he does not now support these measures in an uncertain economic times when as Premier of Ontario he unilaterally re-opened provincial civil servants collective agreements, removed the right to strike, rolled back salaries and imposed a ‘free day’ of work on civil servants? If it was right for Ontario then, how much more right would it be today, when the country is facing a world wide economic crisis the like which has never been seen before?
Or is it just one of those smoke and mirrors statements Dion likes to throw around – like when Dion rejected a proposed NDP-Liberal alliance way back on September 23, 2008. The Globe and Mail:
BURNABY, B.C. — Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion flatly rejected forming a coalition government with the New Democrats today on the heels of hints from NDP Leader Jack Layton that he'd be open to the idea.Of course, a Liberal would probably tell you what is said in the West - stays in the West.
Mr. Dion, speaking after an address to a Vancouver-area business crowd today, said he could not work with Mr. Layton in this way because the NDP leader wants to hike taxes on business. “We cannot have a coalition with a party that has a platform that would be damaging for the economy. Period,” the Liberal leader said.