``We will not be making any backroom deals,'' Harper said. ``If other parties have useful ideas - good, effective, affordable ideas - on the economy, let us see what they are and we will take a look at them. That's been our position all through this Parliament.This is the Prime Minister of our country, speaking in fables. What else can one call it when he's saying something that he knows not to be the case? It's just not serious.
``People already know about the deal (last winter) between the NDP and the Bloc and the Liberals. People didn't like that. I don't think we want to go there.''
And, perhaps giving a hint of a prominent attack theme Harper and the Conservatives would use if there was an election, Harper accused the leaders of the three other parties in Parliament of being ready to revive the notion of a coalition government, an idea that polls showed was deeply unpopular when it seemed close to reality just before Christmas.
``We already know those guys have a deal and I don't want to get into that kind of game,'' Harper said. (emphasis added)
How can you trust a leader like this?