BADDECK, N.S. - Forget all that talk about federal Liberals merging or forming a coalition with the NDP.
The Liberals now aim to co-opt NDP support and they're using debate over the controversial long-gun registry to do it.
They announced Tuesday they'll open a national campaign to save the registry. In the process, they hope to mould a defining issue that will establish the Liberals as the only real alternative to Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government.
Emphasis added. There was an interesting piece in The Hill Times yesterday about the increasing tendency toward "hung parliaments" in countries with a parliamentary system like ours. The story pointed out that the politicians in those other countries have been quicker to adapt to the electorate's unwillingness to grant any single party a mandate to govern. They've recognized that the nature of the game may have changed and so they're exploring both coalition governments and the possibilities of electoral reform.
But the people at the helm of the Liberal Party of Canada won't let a little thing like a changing political reality get in their way. They saw a minor bump in the polls for a few days and they're ready to go all in on trying to make Iggy the next Emperor of Canada. There may be some minor revisions to the playbook but they think they can continue essentially the same game they've been playing for most of the last four and a half years and get a different outcome. I don't think it's going to play out that way.
H/t to Antonia on Twitter.