It's a sad day indeed.
Time to take down the Coalition Bloggers button and leave all of the coalition facebook groups. Yup, Iggy has ended things. We have been very publicly dumped. We saw it coming. The relationship has been on the rocks since prorogation. But we hoped we could keep it together for the good of Canadians who need a budget that will protect jobs and stimulate the economy in ways that will create new jobs.
But sadly, he has left us for the Conservatives, stating that he will be supporting a budget that is, in his own words, "flawed."
Adding insult to injury:
Ignatieff refused to say the coalition — negotiated last November by his predecessor, Stephane Dion — is finished. He suggested it could still “play a useful role” in future. - Winnepeg Sun, January 28, 2009
"Play a useful role"? That's cold Iggy...even for you. And you know as well as anyone else that the Governor General will not ask anyone else to form government should the Tories fall after failing on one of your progress reports - which are months away.
About these progress reports....Ignatieff laid out standards that the Tory budget needed to meet in order to gain Liberal support: protecting jobs, addressing pay equity fairly, investing in the green economy, and the list goes on. Iggy admits that these standards were not met, but he will be supporting the budget anyways. How are we to believe that the standards for these progress reports mean anything?
We've all said a lot about Stephane Dion's lack of leadership, but it does seem now like even he was a harder marker than Ignatieff.