The signature attack line, that Conservatives are counting on in the next election has evaporated. The Conservatives were counting on putting the Liberals on the defensive, the mere mention of coalition would re-capture the 2008 blowback. Personally, I believed that line was tired and wouldn't be nearly as effective, but recent developments in Britain have rendered the fearmongering mute. I suppose we still have the "separatist" line, but with a practical recent example on full display, the Harper boogeyman is effectively gone.
Canadians want the parties to work together, and the Liberals should revise their kneejerk defensive posture, at the mere mention of coalition. Harper has been a complete and utter failure on the co-operation front, and the Liberals can position themselves as the only alternative that can break the combative Parliamentary logjam. Not just an outreach to other opposition parties, but even future overtures to a Harperless Conservative party. Harper is the problem, he doesn't deserve another mandate, this unseemly culture in Ottawa is his doing. With the UK reference in the background, the public will be less fearful of a coalition- in fact they may well welcome it. This belief is particularly true, when one considers the next election will probably occur while the British honeymoon is still in tact, it will look somewhat attractive in the near term.
We can work with the NDP, on certain issues we can work with Bloc and with new leadership, we can work with the Conservatives. Formal or informal, you can dance around, but the main point is the Liberals are perfectly positioned to best bring certain consensus. If the left and right can unite in the UK, then all the silly accusatory language of the Conservatives looks decidedly alarmist and disingenious.
When you consider the idea of a Liberal majority almost lunacy, it is more prudent to embrace the realist scenarios as your own initiative. In that way, when voters are faced with the probabilities, there will be no shocking opportunism or silly denials, it will be a mature debate, with us as advocate. Ignatieff as the conciliator that can finally make Parliament work, a non-career politician that can bring people together once and for all. You position yourself as different, and in so doing you render a harsh indictment of the current government. Coalitions are somewhat sexy, and we have little to fear from the Conservative hysterics. In fact, the reactions highlight themselves as impediment to progress. If you look closely at voter apathy, at the heart of the turnoff is this constant hyper partisanship. The party that appeals beyond the present realities, will ultimately get some traction.