This is the ball travelling directly to Harper's court as a result of Ignatieff's presser this morning.
While some are trying to portray Ignatieff's comments as unclear, the truth is that he laid out 4 points for Harper that he wants answers on. Those answers will determine his actions re' the vote on Friday.
1. Harper indicated that there would be changes to EI in the Fall. Ignatieff wants the details associated with those changes and an explanation as to why the Lib proposal is not feasible. In other words, the Con's will have to provide a fiscal argument, forcing some accountability.
2. The report provided no detail re'spending stimulus. He wants details.
3. Given that the Conservatives brought us to the brink of deficit long before the recession hit, Ignatieff is asking for a clear fiscal accounting. He wants to see a plan to get the country out of deficit.
4. The isotope crisis is a pressing one. The government has skirted (no pun intended) the issue thus far. Ignatieff wants a plan as to where Canada is going to get it's supply from.
Ignatieff has played this perfectly and it's now up to Harper. We'll hear his reply in QP apparently.
I imagine that Harper despises being put in this position. He's damned if complies and responsible for an election if he doesn't.
As a last note, Ignatieff did well to point out, on more than one occasion, just how uncooperative Harper and the government have been to date. No contact from the PM or his office since January? That's not a sign of a government willing to play with others. Nor is it a sign of a government concerned for the country. Highlighting that fact will shine the spotlight on Harper a little more brightly this afternoon.
BTW, for those who missed it...Ignatieff said that ALL MP's will be in the House and be required to vote on Friday.