From the Globe and Mail:
There is a dispute about an office. Parliament Hill status is defined in many ways, one of which is of course by office location. The most coveted are located in Centre Block, the jewel of the Parliament Buildings where one is closest to the action.Now, to be fair to the NDP, they do have the right to pick what offices they want. No one really disputes this fact. But there is something fishy going on here, when it looks like the NDP are also going after Bob Rae, but leaving Stephane Dion alone in the Centre Block.
And so New Democrats have their eye on one fifth-floor office, in particular – that of deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale.
.... What rankles Grits is that Mr. Goodale has so much seniority and deserves a little respect, having served in senior cabinet posts from finance to natural resources to house leader.
.... Mr. Goodale’s eviction notice came Friday, according to the Liberals. No other accommodation was offered. Rather, once out the Saskatchewan MP will have to choose from the list of rejected and picked-over offices.
Don't get me wrong, I think Stephane is a stand up guy that deserves the spot - but there's not a single Dipper out there that can tell me that the evictions of Goodale and Rae, and presumably other Liberal MPs, isn't motivated by something other than "we get to choose." It's too convenient. C'mon, petty politics doesn't even escape the NDP, we know this.
Another sign a merger will not happen? This rambling post by Montreal Simon is a good reason. Where's the co-operation everyone on that side has been talking about? All I see is arrogance and hubris. You guys may deserve to act that way, but don't try and claim you aren't at the same time. C'mon, you're not fooling anyone.