Election contest versus parliamentary debate?

On June 15, 2009, Mr. Ignatieff, leader of the federal Liberal party in Canada, was likely at the peak of his power. His party, according to opinion poles, seemed well ahead of the federal Conservative minority government, and having full support of the Block Quebecois and NDP could easily have defeated Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative minority.

Instead, Ignatief supported the Conservatives’ and journalists’ opinion that no one wanted an election, ignoring the readiness of the Block Quebecois and NDP to bring down the government and hold an election in order to provide more inclusive Employment Insurance rules and an improved stimulus plan for Canada’s ailing economy.


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