Your own MP calls it "paltry". Your union base calls the reforms "scraps" and "discriminatory". Even worse, the meager wasn't even extracted as concession, it's a unilateral move by the government to make an issue disappear. A quick review of NDP EI demands, quotes, over the past few months, you'll see no mention of this reform as a priority- this was never about concessions for the government, it was about leaving a peanut for a squirrel faced with a long winter.
All this hollow partisan blather about the Liberals getting nothing in return for supporting the government (even though every fair minded observer in the country recognized the decidedly LIBERAL flavor of the budget), and now the NDP is reduced to making a molehill look like a mountain to save face. There is no other word for it than capitulation. This isn't a "deal", it's pure panic and after the fact spin.
Tomorrow, in Parliament, NDP members will rise and place CONFIDENCE in this government, erasing their ivory tower disposition. They will do by endorsing measures they rejected in the budget. They will do so, as a prelude to effectively abandoning their own EI bill that they've pointed to for months as the FIRM template for any agreement. They will enable Harper to take EI off the table for the near future, for longer than his TEMPORARY measures last. They've sold out in the name of political expediency, they've put their own self interest above their principles, they've become what they've vilified, they've betrayed their own sanctimony, they've become the LIBERALS. The horror!
BLACK FRIDAY. Welcome to the practical world, where adults must roam.