Judging by the various postures I saw today I would judge the dynamic as such- the NDP are basically waiting to hear any indication from the Conservatives, nothing has happened as of yet, a virtual rebuke, but the NDP remain ready to respond to any overture. Of note, Conservative whip Jay Hill chastised the NDP for finally wanting to make "parliament work at the 11th hour", reviewing their abysmal record to date (79 ain't what it used to be, post epiphany). I found that combative tone telling, in contrast to the olive branch routine from the NDP. The government clearly hasn't moved in response to the NDP, maybe because they want an election, maybe because appearing aloof will mean less concessions required, when push comes to shove (Liberals know the game well, Harper tries to maximize at the first hint of weakness).
Back to the extensive TWO bullet point demands:
OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE FALL SESSION
-That means job creation through directly funded new infrastructure in municipalities.
-It means security for seniors in retirement, substantive credit card reform and fixing EI.
The first reference is complete and utter fluff for material, when one considers the billions being poured into infrastructure as we speak. Methinks we might be able to manage this herculean request.
As for the rest, myself I would have spread out the three into separate points, to add the appearance of depth. People will notice the environment is nowhere to be found, which is telling, considering the crucial climate change talks are on the horizon, and this has always been a key NDP talking point. I guess they figured any request here, they'd have to go to the polls, so why agitate. What does fixing EI mean, why not offer up some firm reforms, as in the past? Given the government is preparing to "reform" EI, a "meet me half way" compromise seems entirely doable. Security for seniors, well that's the Conservative best demographic, that's who shows up at the polls, again I suspect something over the weeks ahead is possible. Credit card reform, might be a bit tricky, but if you knock out the rest, does anybody really believe Layton would go on this issue? If EI wasn't enough for the Liberals, credit card reform, while attractive, is nowhere near a rationale. In other words, it's a paltry list, intentionally vague and general. Partisan NDP will see it differently, nobody else does or will.
It really is up to Harper now, and I suspect some huddling on their side because this isn't much to get them to the next budget after the Olympics, which was the master plan all along. To date, no sign of wanting to deal with the NDP, today reaffirmed the hesitancy, but this is going to be a long week. The NDP are ready to prop up for the moment, so long as they can portray some sense of credibility in support.