Many Tories, including me have long wanted real debate between the left and the right in this country. The grits are ideologically soft on everything except holding power and rewarding their friends. It seems the grits are evermore ideolgically allied to their coalition partners dippers.
This is good , as it gives Canadian voters a clear alternative. Blue grits have no place in the leftist cabal that is the grit dipper bloq alliance. Time for Blue grits to vote Tory.
So, it must be annoying to both NDPers and Liberals that they so often find themselves on the same side of the ideological fence.
(In contrast, Conservatives distinguish themselves on policies relating to the environment, foreign affairs and criminal justice.)
NDPleader Jack Layton's party opted last week, for example, to urge Ottawa to impose a ban on tanker traffic in northern B.C. waters - exactly the same clarion call that Ignatieff had made last June.
Both parties voted last May in favour of the climate change accountability act, a bill to speed up Canada's greenhouse-gas reduction targets.
The bill was defeated last month by a Conservative-dominated Senate.
Both the NDP and Liberals are standing together against a government anti-smuggling bill, C-49, that would thwart migrants arriving by boat on Canadian coastlines.
The two parties maintain the legislation would be punitive to legitimate refugees.
Last September, the Liberals and the NDP turned thumbs-down on a Conservative private member's bill to kill the federal long-gun registry, helping it survive.
They both lined up to oppose the government's cancellation of the mandatory long-form census.
And when it came to taking a position on the Harper government's proposed purchase of F-35 fighter jets without going to an open competition, again both the Liberals and New Democrats sang from the same song book.