A Liberal press release that was sent this morning states that there would be no coalition if the Libs won the most seats. It did not say what they would do if Conservatives won more seats and they came in second.
Mr. Ignatieff said in his press conference on the steps of Parliament Hill that he made the decision to speak out because he didn’t want “to spend 36 days with any ambiguity”.
Yet ambiguity remains. The release is very specific that the no-coalition commitment applies in the event the party that wins the most seats is called on to form the government. It is clear that, if the Liberals are first past the post and can’t gain the confidence of the House, then Mr. Harper would be called on to form the government.
This legitimizes the concept of a coalition, which no-one seriously disputes under the Constitution. But what the statement does not make clear is whether the commitment is unequivocal in the event of a Conservative minority. Could Mr. Harper win on election day and be defeated over his Throne Speech by the opposition, leading to a Liberal-NDP coalition, backed by the Bloc?So do believe the Liberal leader? I certainly do NOT! Don't forget the last time the coalition reared it's ugly head, it was the Conservatives who won the most seats not the Liberals. Oh by the way Ignatieff signed that agreement and it's still in affect.