Speaking after Mr Ignatieff and going further than Iggy was willing to, Denis Coderre informed reporters that the Liberals will take their first opposition day in October to introduce a non-confidence motion. That certainly remains to be seen considering the cry wolf scenario the Liberals have been repeating over and over this year.
In response to Ignatieff, Steve said:
"Going through more political games, more political instability, does not serve the country's interests right now."
The Liberal party may have the lead in the fund raising race but the party platform that Ignatieff promised when he was anointed back in the spring which he said would be released in June has yet to materialize. Ignatieff talked about their "vision" during his speech. Okay then: what is it? Because from where I sit, the talk is about being Conservative-Lite (which is basically what the party has become anyway).
It's no secret that I find Ignatieff to be incredibly uninspiring and about as exciting as melba toast. And I'm not alone in that. How the party plans to actually win an election after a year of basically being tied in the polls with Steve's government is beyond me.
I think the party missed the boat when it backed down in June at a time when the recession was a majorly stressful concern across this country. That stress has eased somewhat since then even though the economics haven't improved all that much (and are, in fact, worse in some areas). Steve's government didn't deserve to coast through the summer while being allowed every opportunity to make its case. The poll results clearly show that the summer was a write-off for the opposition parties that provided a boost for the Conservatives.
So, here the Liberals are without a clear platform and with a leader who'd do a better job of narrating lullaby books on tape than rallying Canadians to vote for him. "We can do better" is not a policy statement.
You can read Ignatieff's speech here.
In my next post about that speech, I'll expose one big lie that Ignatieff spouted. Stay tuned.
Skepticism abounds in the blogosphere:
Calgary Grit: This Time We Mean It?
Driving the Porcelain Bus: "Liberals won't prop up Tories: Ignatieff" - Hard to believe with their record
Scott's Diatribes: Ignatieff: '‘The Liberal Party of Canada cannot support this government any further’
Accidental Deliberations: On revelations
Hell, Upside Down: Iggy Applies the George Costanza Theory
BigCityLib: What The Hell Does It Mean?