Re: Chrétien, Broadbent brokering possible coalition: reportsDec 1st, 2008
That will give time for the passions to cool down. Then if Harper consults the opposition parties and brings in a sensible, consensus budget, opposition parties may well support him (or at least not bring him down).
I don’t think Liberals are really ready to assume power, they don’t have a leader. As for NDP, I think they are most effective when they are sniping at the government from outside. Layton would probably much rather stay in the opposition, where he can stay true to his principles and criticize the government whenever he feels like it, rather than be part of the government and forced to compromise.
I think both Lib and NDP feel that Harper’s ineptness in governing has forced them to assume power. If Harper prorogues the Parliament and then can convince the opposition that he can govern sensibly, they may let him stay on.
However, the past trends are against it. Harper hasn’t exactly proved himself to be a consensus builder, a compromiser, a statesman. His usual attitude is ‘my way or highway’.
So I don’t think he will be able to convince the opposition parties that he will govern sensibly. Proroguing the Parliament will only postpone the evil day.