'You can achieve a lot if you don't seek credit': NDP looks to thread a parliamentary needle

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“In terms of Liberals taking credit for NDP ideas and policies, that is not a solvable problem, because it happens. It will happen every time,” said Anne McGrath, the party’s national director.

After winning concessions from the Liberals, McGrath is already looking ahead to future negotiations with Trudeau’s party.

“So the issue now I think is going to be how to make these things permanent. So there’s still a lot of work to do. You know, these are things that should exist during a pandemic but also not during a pandemic,” said McGrath.

Even as they negotiate legislation that satisfies both parties, the NDP and Liberals will be competing fiercely for recognition from Canadians.

“Part of the problem they will face is there is a lot of noise right now, so it’s difficult for people to focus on federal politics, considering everything that is happening,” said Bélanger. “They will need to campaign really hard to remind Canadians of the wins they got for them in the rest of the negotiations.”

Clearly the government was not interested in securing any kind of stability by striking an agreement with another party

In debate on Monday, the NDP was threading a needle between boasting about the bill they had helped write and criticizing the government for not getting back to work sooner. While the Conservatives, who have already said they will vote against the throne speech, have free rein to rip the government however they like, the calculation is more difficult for the NDP.

But this is a calculation the party has done before.

In 2005, NDP leader Jack Layton briefly supported scandal-plagued Liberals before pulling the plug and defeating Paul Martin’s minority government.

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