Opposition Leader Bill Graham said he will not be afraid to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government, even though the Liberal Party will spend much of the year in a leadership race.
Mr. Harper must either accommodate Liberal positions on key issues such as child care and income-tax cuts or turn to the New Democratic Party and Bloc Québécois for support in the House of Commons, Mr. Graham said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.
He placed the onus for avoiding a quick election on the New Democrats and the Bloc, saying they triggered the last election out of political opportunism.
"We're not in the business of propping up the government," he said. "We're the Official Opposition. And that is our role, and we will stick to our points where they are important to the future of the country.
Would you expect any official opposition leader to say otherwise? Of course Bill Graham has to make noises about defeating the government at the first turn. It's all part of the game. But even he is not so foolish as to believe his own rhetoric.
But if the Liberals did force an election, imagine the difficulties of fighting without one single definite leader. Campaigns have become so focussed around individual leaders that it's inconceivable to base a campaign around something else. Better the devil we don't know?
Source: Globe and Mail