Early arguments over next coalition
The early stages of the campaign in Canada have been about the formation of coalitions after the election is over.
Prime Minister and Conservative Leader, Stephen Harper, has been attempting to worry voters by suggesting that if the Conservatives don’t get a clear majority this time then the country could end up with a three party coalition formed of the three opposition parties.
In turn the other parties have suggested that Harper had entered into discussions with them about a coalition after the last election, Harpers party ran a minority government.
Michael Ignatieff the Liberal leader refuses to be drawn on whether he would form a coalition government, a stance for which he has been criticised in many newspapers.
The debate at the start of the campaign is not especially helpful to the Conservatives who want to be talking about the economy and the leadership skills on main opposition leader Ignatieff.