A deal has been negotiated between NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion that would see them form a coalition government for two and a half years, the CBC’s Keith Boag reported, citing sources.
The NDP would be invited into cabinet and get 25 per cent of seats, Boag said, adding that the party wouldn’t get the position of the finance chair or the deputy prime minister’s post.
“The most difficult question is who’ll be the leader,” Boag said, adding that Dion, who negotiated the deal, believes he has the right to be prime minister.
Goddammit–someone (ok, probably at least a million someones) already took my snark re: ‘I for one welcome our coalition overlords.’
So, who wants to take bets on the likelihood of prorogue before December 8th?
Update: John Ivison reports that Iggy will be PM, with Bob Rae likely getting the Foreign Affairs portfolio.
Update 2 (12/01): Well, so much for Ivison’s fleeting flirtation with something resembling credibility. CTV News reports that Dion will helm a proposed coalition government, having attained the support today of the three Liberal leadership candidates, Dominic LeBlanc, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae. h/t pogge @ BnR