As details of the coalition agreement come out, on balance, it looks a good package for the Liberals. The trick for the Liberals, obvious compromise, without sacrificing our agenda, because that could bring long term harm to the brand. This deal would seem to protect the Liberals integrity.
I actually expected the NDP to demand more cabinet seats, after all the seat makeup would legitimately allow for 1/3 of cabinet posts, the Liberals did well to secure 18 of 24. Within that, the absolutely crucial post of Finance Minister. Canadians will see a Liberal guide us through trouble waters, the importance of which can't be understated. It remains unclear what cabinet posts the NDP will get, but I'm hoping the Environment portfolio is among them, because that will offset any potential lingering questions on a carbon tax. The NDP, generally, have shown themselves to be genuinely engaged and relevant on this file, it's a natural fit, and it actually works for the Liberals as well.
Word has it, that corporate tax cuts are still on, a concession by the NDP that is pivotal for the Liberals. Those tax cuts speak to a fundamental belief, if we were forced to abandon that regime, it would give our opponents ammunition, it would push us out of mainstream thought, it would come back to haunt us. Couple this concession, with a decidedly middle of the road economic advisory panel, and the Liberals can still govern with the crucial center placated, the cries of too far left, entirely muted.
Liberals have always believed in government intervention to offset economic downturns, so again, a stimulus package is completely consistent with that belief. A stimulus also enjoys widespread support within the economic community, so it can fly, it is sound, thoughtful policy.
I'm not certain about NDP supporters views, but given the reaction I've gleamed, everyone seems content. If we can cobble together a coalition, that manages to maintain the integrity of each side, then it's a good package, one that may not hobble either, when we eventually part ways. From the Liberal side, in totality, looks good from here.