As a Tory I welcome the proposed dipper takeover of the grits. The grit double agents rae and dosanjh are hard at work arranging the takeover. They may be surprised to see that many of the grit fiscal and social conservatives may run screaming from the socialist hoards. The Tory tent is open and ready to accept these refugees from the socialist separatist party. It would be interesting to have a true right/ left dichotomy to chose from. Bring it on guys.
What’s more, it is unlikely that many of those who would favour a progressive accommodation are in favour of a pre-election pact. One of Mr. Rae’s supporters said he would rather not rule out a post-election governing arrangement, as Mr. Ignatieff seems to have done. Both Liberals and New Democrats say discussions about a coalition remain hypothetical at this point.
But as Mr. Ignatieff’s support continues to slip, nervous caucus members add the support of the two left of centre parties together and dream of government. That may be wishful thinking – not all Liberals would join a united left. As one Toronto Grit said: “Rae is fundamentally a lefty who paid $10 to become a Liberal. But he hasn’t changed his substance, only his perfume. My opinion is that it is a bad idea for the Liberals but a good opportunity for the NDP.”