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As Doug Bell perceptively points out, Michael Ignatieff kept open his options on the question of a coalition yesterday. And, notably, today he did not deliver the fine speech that Rob Silver drafted for him - notwithstanding its wide circulation among Liberal insiders yesterday.

As Paul Wells has noted , "It's pretty clear that, under some circumstances, an alliance of parties to replace the Harper Conservatives would be contemplated by members of those parties." Until and unless Mr. Ignatieff says that the party that obtains the most seats in the next election will have the right to govern, and that the only way he would move to change that is through another election, Stephen Harper will be fully justified in pointing to his hidden agenda.

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