London-Fanshawe MP Pat O'Brien has issued an ultimatum, saying he and an unnamed Liberal MP will vote against the minority Liberal government in a series of confidence votes Tuesday night unless the same-sex marriage bill is delayed.
O'Brien, who left the Liberal caucus this month to sit as an Independent over the gay-marriage issue, told CBC News that he will continue negotiating with Liberal officials in the hours before the voting begins at 10 p.m. EDT.
He wants a promise, in writing, that the passage of the same-sex marriage bill will not happen until after Parliament resumes in the fall.
a handful of Liberal backbenchers grow spines? Where were these sudden attacks of conscience a month ago?
It's hard to imagine some PMO wonks aren't chortling with glee at the precise timing of this carefully micromanaged backbench revolt.
This ends badly, no matter what.