Now that the NDP are the official opposition they have cooled to talks about a merger with the Liberals, with Ed Broadbent now ruling out the possibility. Meanwhile if you do the math and shift 100% of the Liberal vote to the NDP, the Lib Dippers could go as high as 186 seats. That is of course assuming that all Liberal voters would migrate left, as signs indicate that many Liberal voters shifted right when the NDP surged in the polls. The question is why wouldn't the NDP try to increase the size of their tent and take a shot at 186 seats? Are they becoming arrogant, or are they not comfortable shifting to the center?
The NDP should be embracing merger talks while the Liberals are weak, because right now they have the most bargaining power and can get the best possible terms.