Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has rejected any suggestion of forming a coalition with the NDP after the next election. Instead, Dion suggests that NDP Leader Jack Layton has already teamed with political allies.
"Mr. Layton already has his coalition, I understand. He has a coalition with the nudist party, a coalition with the marijuana party," Dion told reporters during a stop in Burnaby, B.C.
Dion was referring to the troubles that the NDP has had with candidates in B.C., including two who quit after online videos surfaced which showed them allegedly smoking marijuana. And B.C. NDP candidate Julian West dropped out after questions about his naked swim in front of some teenagers 12 years ago.
Liberal candidate Ujjal Dosanjh was more biting on the topic of a Liberal-NDP coalition, telling reporters that Layton already had a coalition with the Conservatives. That's a reference to the NDP, Conservative and Bloc Quebecois move to topple the minority Liberals in Nov., 2005, sparking the election that brought Prime Minister Stephen Harper to power.
"As a result, what we had was the death of Kyoto, death of Kelowna and death of a national childcare program. That is the coalition he entered into. We are running to form a government and replace Mr. Harper," Dosanjh said.
- Bruce Campion-Smith