Besides the obvious weirdness around this vote, even weirder is NDP leader Jack Layton's reason for voting against this motion:
“This is a flip-flop for Liberals who opposed the extension last year, including Stephane Dion. The Liberals brought us into this combat mission war and now they want to keep in it for two more years,” said Layton. “That is unacceptable.”In other words, the troops should come out, but this isn't fast enough.
Strategically one must wonder at this action by the NDP. No one wants another election - especially not the NDP. But it is only natural for the NPD to vote in support of this motion since it is consistent with its politics.
One must wonder if the NDP made some sort of procedural deal with the Liberals. To keep this parliament alive the NDP votes with the Tories. This way the Liberals are free to vote in such a way that makes them appear more reasonable to those in the white uptight urban peacenick demographic.
Why the NDP would want the Liberals to come across this way is strange to me - the Liberal push to the left is only at the expense of Jack Layton. If they did make a deal you'd think Layton would have gotten something out of it.