"Serious people are involved in discussions at a serious level," Warren Kinsella, a former adviser to former prime minister Jean Chrétien, told CBC News.(link)
Iggy Puff on NDP/Lib Merger:
“We had some discussion of this ridiculous discussion of fusion of the two parties,” the Liberal Leader told reporters. “No one has any authorization to even discuss this matter. It’s ridiculous. I am a Liberal. I am proud to be a Liberal. The people around me are Liberals. We are going to form a Liberal government.”(link)
This is an interesting circus. But a circus is all it is.
If talks were really in progress Iggy wouldn't be denying it. He would be using his regular Iffy lingo and avoid the topic...
I really think this is being done for far more strategic reasons. Jeff Jedras is right: this is all about leadership politics.
The media firestorm this is creating is de-stabilizing Iggy Puff's leadership.
Let's look at the people at the center of this controversy pushing the merger story: Kinsella, Rae, and good ol' Chretien. All three of these clowns are not exactly Iggy-Friendly. Kinsella left Iggy's office not to long ago for reasons all too unclear. Rae is the Puffster's natural replacement should the Supreme Iggy decide to return to Harvard. And Chretien hails from the left of the party and has numerous connections in his past to Bob Rae which leads me to think he would support Rae over Iggy.
A scheme by the anti-Iggy-ites in the Fiberal Party of Canada?
On a balance of probabilities I would say so.