I know, I know, what's new and we've already heard today about Michael Ignatieff's problems with Quebec, notably fine coverage by my colleague Susan Delacourt. Still, I'll add my two cents.
An indication various wings of the federal party aren't talking to each other came for me a few weeks ago in the course of research for a Parliament returning story. After interviewing House Leader Ralph Goodale, we talked about who else was plugged into what I wanted to know and he quickly said Denis Coderre, who yesterday resigned as Quebec lieutenant. This rarely happens on a story but Goodale said to pass on to Coderre he had suggested I phone, gave me his numbers and said he hoped Coderre would make time. Coderre didn't return several messages, which is surprising when the message comes with a personal note from the house leader. It was quickly apparent within a few days of the Goodale phonecall he (Goodale) wasn't in Ignatieff's loop in terms of plans for an immediate (if possible) non-confidence vote - or even on Iggy's view of the workings of the Employment Insurance committee. I figured Coderre didn't give a fiddler's fart and, since then, we've seen the splintering within caucus goes much deeper. Shades of Turner and Dion.
Which party is it again that wants an election?