The majority of Liberal MPs in Newfoundland are now against the Ignatieff-Harper budget. The total is now four (of 6) from Newfoundland who pledge to vote against their party and the budget that’s wrong for Canada.
I think it’s worth noting that no Liberal MPs from Alberta will be voting for the budget (mainly because they don’t exist), and many of the conservative academics would also vote against it.
It seems unlikely that the minor mutiny will sway the party though, as Ignatieff’s amendment to ask for report cards was passed overwhelmingly with 214-84 votes (oddly this only totals 298, which means, excluding the speaker, that 3 people were absent today).
Ignatieff is supposedly in talks with Harper and Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams (Progressive Conservative and founder of the “ABC: Anyone but Conservative” campaign last election):
Ignatieff was talking to Premier Danny Williams and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a bid to find some resolution to the issue, insiders said. He also spoke to the Harper again Monday night.
I wouldn’t hold my breath that Iggy will care enough about Newfoundland to risk an election or coalition over.
I do appreciate MPs that stand up for their constituents however.