Lucky Jack had some tough words for Liberal leader Mike Ignatieff today, demanding that Iggy turn against the budget that he already agreed to support. Jack thinks this is a great time to extort a pound of flesh from the government, who are not going to want an election prior to the G8 and G20 summits. According to Jack it is time to pounce, and if we find ourselves in the middle of an election campaign when we host these international delegations, then so be it. Whether you call it opportunism or extortion, threatening an election at a time when it would look bad for the entire country to have one is not a mature method of conducting government business.
Jack Layton was also talking about a united opposition, so I'm sure he has already conducted his private negotiations with Duceppe. Personally I hope that Iggy accepts Jack's demands, because I'm sure if they collapse the government before the G8 and G20 while trying to extort a few NDP policies into budget legislation will help deliver a Tory Majority. It was a good thing that parliament wasn't sitting before the Olympics, because God knows what Layton and friends would have tried to extort prior to that international event.