Now I've seen everything. Combative, recalcitrant Bob Rae will stand aside and allow Michael Ignatieff to assume control of the Liberal Party of Canada. Somebody either made a pretty convincing case as to why his deferral would be best for the party, or - more likely - was given one heck of a sweetheart deal.
So, Iggy it is. I've got to think this is the end of the Coalition...Ignatief was never a vocal supporter, and has been running away from it ever since Parliament was prorogued.
Also: is it me, or is Canada playing pretty fast and loose with 'democracy' right now? An economic statement that was really a partisan hatchet-job, a proposal for an unlikely and problematic Coalition government, and now the virtual coronation of a Party leader....this is all looking a bit sketchy to me. I remember a time, about, oh, six weeks ago when major political decisions were still being made by voters. Those were the days.