The Liberals and New Democrats brokered an "agreement in principle" to secure NDP support for the government on the budget vote, and against any efforts by the Tories and the Bloc Quebecois to bring it down.
"This agreement is fiscally responsible and it is progressive," said Prime Minister Paul Martin said late Tuesday at a news conference in Ottawa.
But the deal comes with a hefty price tag.
Martin had to agree to guarantee $4.6-billion in new investment over the next two years.
It's not as though I've ever thought much of Jack Layton anyway, but I have to say, I'm disappointed; propping up the Liberals is somewhere south of just plain awful right now. I hope it comes back to haunt him with a vote split to the Greens, or something similar, but I doubt it.
On the other hand, at least we now know exactly what the price of buying off socialists is. That's bound to be useful information at some point. Even their getting on-board with missile defense or the GWoT could probably be bought, for the right number of rampantly wasteful social programs...