The NDP had no obligation to help reinforce Ignatieff's ego when he pulled his threat to topple the harpercons out of his ass. I hate the harpercons as much as the next person but given that the polls are showing this was a terrible idea it made sense for the NDP to 1) not ask "how high" when Ignatieff said "Jump!" and 2) try to take advantage of their new leverage to extract concessions out of harper.
But from what I'm hearing, this extra $1 billion in EI benefits for people already receiving benefits is far too small a price to pay to prop-up a murderously incompetent, dangerously ideological harpercon abomination.
Layton and the NDP should have done all they could to make harper literally grovel to stay in power. As it is, the repulsive fool has had to show himself (to anyone too unaware to have realized it before) that he's a hypocrite with all his "socialists and separatists" talk. If this all turns out to have been a combined effort by the entire opposition to simply manouvere harper into such a compromising position I'll take back my criticism, but somehow I'm pretty sure that things are as they seem. To whit: Ignatieff has belatedly found his spine (or has exploded in a fit of petulance) and the NDP, realizing that an election would be disastrous for them as well, have now scrambled to do what the Liberals have always been roundly condemned for, hiding pathetically from the electorate. harper, meanwhile, has once again shown himself to be a cowardly bully, who, when his back is to the wall, will do ANYTHING to hold onto power.