[The coalition may already have served its purpose. -jlt]
|The notion of sharing power with the NDP or running a government with the support of the Bloc Québécois ultimately goes against the grain of the federal Liberal party.|
Bob Rae is walking away from a battle he could not win. Not next week, not next month and likely not next spring.
By his own admission, he could not have prevailed against Michael Ignatieff in a quick canvass of the Liberal establishment. But he might have done worse in the party-wide vote he wanted to have held in mid-January.
Over the next month, the first order of Liberal business will involve deciding whether a coalition with the NDP best serves the party's rebuilding needs. For now, that is not borne out by the polls. They show that an Ignatieff-led stand-alone Liberal party would do a lot better against the Harper Conservatives than an Ignatieff-led opposition.
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