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Weekend reading: Doer, Harper and Iggy

While I’m sure you’ll be outside for most of the long weekend, if you get a chance to go online, check out these articles.
Harper, Layton need a DoerCatchy title to be sure, and as a former Winnipegger who lived through a few of the Gary Doer years before I moved east, I’m watching this ambassador appointment with great interest. The article mostly discusses how Harper and Jack Layton could get along, saying at the end, that Doer could bring them together.
It’s an interesting read, and I don’t usually feel like pontificating on these weekend reading posts, but there’s a bit of a misconception out there that Doer is as NDP as Layton. The NDP party in Manitoba is a lot more like the federal Liberals than Jack’s party. I can explain why at another point in time, but the fact is it’s been reported that Doer and Layton don’t get a long that well, and the province’s premier would never have been able to come to power if he ran on as out-of-touch a platform as the federal NDP do. (Federally, the province has been mostly Liberal or Conservative with some NDP spots in rural areas. But Doer has a huge following in Winnipeg, so take what you will from that.)
Can Harper play three chess games at once?The Toronto Star’s Chantal Hbert says Harper has a lot on his plate. “But how many chess games can he actually play at the same time?” she asks. “As of now, there are three simultaneous ones underway, each involving the ruling Conservatives and one of the opposition parties in the House of Commons.”
Ignatieff’s Double DarePaul Wells says the biggest challenge for Ignatieff now is to win an election. He also explains that the Liberal leader had to call an election or risk looking like a pushover.

Ignatieff, however, must have calculated he had no choice. He has been delivering a succession of I-Really-Mean-It-Now ultimatums to Harper ever since he fell into the Liberal leadership from which the party had unceremoniously ejected Stphane Dion in, approximately, January. The moment was fast approaching when his constant warnings to Harper would be revealed to mean either (a) nothing or (b) something.