The opposition leaders are demanding that Prime Minister Paul Martin agree to make an election call in January or face a no-confidence motion that could bring down his government in November.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe issued the ultimatum after meeting in Ottawa on Sunday, saying the Liberals had lost their moral authority to govern.
The Tories and the Bloc agreed to support an NDP motion – which could be introduced as early as Tuesday – that will ask Martin to launch a campaign in the first week of January, two months earlier than the date for an election call favoured by the Prime Minister.
It would send voters to the polls in February, shortly after the release of the second report into the sponsorship scandal is due to be released.
Harper said that, if Martin refuses the demand, he would – as Opposition Leader – introduce a no-confidence motion in the following week.
For the love of God, stop pussyfooting around!
The Liberals, given the choice between option A and option B, will always find a way to choose option C.
Giving them another week to wait for a non-confidence vote gives them time, in theory anyway, to break the weak NDP link in the chain..
How hard can it be to say that a non-confidence vote will be held on a certain day, come what may, with no loopholes?
Playing games with constantly shifting deadlines for constantly changing ultimata makes the opposition look like they're the ones who aren't serious about the nation's business.