For months Michael Ignatieff has said Stephen Harper can't be trusted.
But by walking away from the historic Liberal-NDP coalition today, Ignatieff is perversely showing confidence in Harper. The same Stephen Harper who played political games, shut down Parliament and broke a key promise on the Senate in the midst of a recession.
At the same time, Ignatieff is showing non-confidence in himself to be Prime Minister in these tough times.
Ignatieff has failed the very first test of his leadership.
Liberals will say "we can just defeat Harper later." True, but the Coalition option will be gone, and an election will be the only other option -- an election that the Liberal Party doesn't have the money or organization to fight. In sum: Ignatieff has saddled Canadians with a Harper government for years to come.
Edward Blake, the first Leader of the Liberal Party who didn't become Prime Minister.
Michael Ignatieff, the first Leader of the Liberal Party who didn't want to be Prime Minister.