Skip to main content

Canada Justin Trudeau rules out coalition with NDP after saying he may be open to it

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he doesn't see any possibility of a coalition with the NDP, a day after he said he would "maybe" be more open to the idea if Tom Mulcair wasn't running the party.

Speaking in Halifax on Wednesday, Trudeau said even if Mulcair wasn't the leader, there are too many policy differences to make a coalition possible.

"There's too many big issues on which the NDP and Liberal party have deep disagreements when it comes to economic growth, when it comes to trade, when it comes to the Constitution and how easy it should be to break up this country," he said.

Story continues below advertisement

"I do not see any possibility of coalition with the NDP regardless of who the leader might be."

During an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday, Trudeau was asked whether having someone other than Mulcair as leader would change the dynamic in terms of a coalition between the two parties.

Trudeau replied: "I don't know. ... Honestly, I don't want get into hypotheses. Maybe, but maybe not."

Mulcair reiterated his openness last month to a possible coalition with the Liberals if it is necessary to topple Stephen Harper's Conservatives. Some recent polls have suggested the possibility of a minority government in Ottawa after this fall's election.

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter