No matter which way he squirms and spins, Michael Ignatieff is going to be saddled with this decision and it's going to come back to haunt him for years.
We won't support a budget that contains tax cuts! Remember that? It sounds an awful lot like Stephane Dion saying the Liberals would never, ever, positively not ever support an extension of the Afghanistan mission past 2009.
In his statement, Iggy goes on to list some of the many obvious failures in the Harper budget and then says he's going to demand it be amended. What, to address those failures? That would be a good thing, no? No. He's going to demand periodic reporting to, well to him. Whoa, now there's a man of action!
“This government’s mismanagement of the economic crisis and failure to act has rightfully given Parliament – and Canadians – a reason to question the credibility of this government on economic matters,” which, in Iggy talk somehow comes out to mean, "all the more reason to give the Tories carte blanche approval." (oh yeah, with periodic report cards).
You can read the oh-so interim leader's statement here: