With Michael Ignatieff as Leader of the Liberal Party, is the Coalition Dead?

By Greg Farries on Dec 9, 2008

CTVNews is reporting that Bob Rae has told his supporters in a conference call Tuesday that he will end his bid for the Liberal leadership. Considering Rae's departure means Michael Ignatieff is the sole remaining candidate for the leadership position and almost certainly the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is Ignatieff going to continue with the coalition with the New Democratic Party?

Or will he use the threat of a coalition government - as the CTV article mentions - as a "weapon" against the Conservative's until he is ready to lead the Liberal Party into an election? Considering the potential problems that could rise with a coalition with the NDP (and one that would need the direct support of the Bloc), Ignatieff might just decide to "go it alone" sooner rather than later.

What do you think?


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He is between a rock and a hard place. His Party is disorganized, in poverty, and he has been accalimed, not elected etc and Canadians would view him as they did Dion - unprepared, not elected on a "hidden" platform of the Coalition.

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