Just The Facts
Liberal Record on Coalition With Bloc Quebecois
Liberals across the province are scrambling to distance themselves from all talk of coalition government with the Bloc Quebecois....
What’s the Liberal track record on this issue?
- During the 2008 election, the Liberal leader vowed that a coalition government would not happen.
- About six weeks after the election, all six Liberal MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador signed a letter, informing the Governor-General that they would form a coalition with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois.
“Liberal candidates are desperately trying to downplay what type of impact forming a coalition with the Bloc would have for Lower Churchill support,” said Loyola Sullivan, Conservative candidate for St.John’s South-Mount Pearl. “They play out all sorts of hypothetical scenarios where maybe ‘this’ could happen, or maybe ‘that’ might take place. But no one can say what type of platform or policy agenda would happen under a coalition with these three parties.”
“We believe this is why the Liberal party did not include the Lower Churchill loan guarantee in their platform, and refuse to contradict the remarks of a Liberal candidate in Quebec who has spoken out against support for the Lower Churchill,” added Fabian Manning, Conservative candidate for Avalon. “They are leaving themselves room to negotiate with the Bloc after the May 2 election.”
Peter Penashue, Conservative candidate for Labrador, concluded: “The only way to guarantee that this project gets the support required is for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to vote Conservative. Our candidates from across the province respectfully ask for the people’s support on May 2.”