Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin almost caused an opposition leader coup today.
This afternoon in the House of Commons, he realized there wasn’t a single Liberal MP in the chamber and decided to make a point of it by asking if there was unanimous consent to make NDP Leader Jack Layton the leader of the opposition for a week.
He says it almost worked because he managed to quickly bring the Conservatives in on his plan. Except for one who hadn’t been briefed on the joke and said no, killing the plan outright.
"Then a bunch of Liberals came flying into the house looking frantic," said Martin.
Considering next week is a break week for Parliament, Layton’s week in the opposition leader’s shoes wouldn’t have amounted to much.
But maybe the Liberal whip could try harder from now on to make sure at least one Liberal MP is in the House at all times? Please. It seems like so little to ask.