Election candidates brave enough to face the crowd and talk solutions for the fishery
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An Indy guide to political party plans
In national news — with an election campaign likely to begin on Saturday and the Conservatives enjoying a healthy lead in the polls, talks inevitably surface once again about the possibility of the formation of a coalition government. This idea will emerge in full force near the last days of an election only if the combined support of the Liberals and NDP is greater than that of the Conservatives. Harper will use the idea as ammunition against other parties as he did successfully in 2008, despite the fact other countries like Germany, Australia, and the UK have them and are functioning. For their part, Jack Layton of the NDP is not skittish about publicly discussing a coalition, but Michael Ignatieff of the Liberals sidesteps the question, insisting he is intent on forming a Liberal government. However, it is hard to ignore his mantra in 2008 — ‘a coalition if necessary,…
Making sense of an axed Federal budget and looming election
The first installment in a new Indy series
It seems that NDP leader Jack Layton has a big decision to make. In a last-minute effort to avoid an election, the Harper government has sprinkled its budget today with two and a half of the four measures the NDP demanded in return for its support for the 2011 budget. Reportedly, the Conservatives will re-introduce the home energy retrofit program; create an initiative to attract doctors and nurses to remote and rural areas; and provide more support for low-income seniors. But it appears they will not be making any changes to the Canada Pension Plan and will not be altering how sales tax is applied to home heating bills, meaning the Harper government meets just some of the NDP criteria. This puts Mr. Layton in a pickle, as the government needs the support of just one party to pass its budget – and that will not be the Liberals or…