The latest trendy political conversation is whether or not Jack Layton is healthy enough to fight an election. There was mixed opinion on CTV's Power Play Sunday. Elections are physically demanding, and the NDP leader is recovering from cancer and hip surgery. Regardless of whether or not he wants to fight an election in his current condition, he will likely require his doctor's approval to do so. We are just over two weeks away from the next budget which will decide whether or not there is a spring election.
I suppose the NDP could just abstain from the budget without approving it, citing the health of their leader as reason. Jack keeps himself in good shape and will recover, but right now might not be a good time. The Liberals can't very well attack the NDP for abstaining on the budget vote because Jack is recovering from surgery. Then again, if Milliken decides the Harper government is in contempt over prison funding disclosure, there could be an election whether the NDP intends to support the budget or not.