Standing in the foyer of the House of Commons after Mr. Harper's announcement, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said: "We must realize the enormity of what has happened here today. For the first time in the history of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada is running away from the Parliament of Canada."
All three opposition leaders said they still intend to bring down the government. Mr. Dion said only a "monumental change" on Mr. Harper's part would alter that.
NDP Leader Jack Layton said the coalition will not be abandoning its accord over the next seven weeks while the Commons is shuttered.
"I cannot have confidence in a Prime Minister who would throw the locks on the door of this place, knowing that he's about to lose a vote in the House of Commons," Mr. Layton said. "That's denying about as fundamental a right as one has in a democracy."
Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe reacted similarly. "We don't believe him and we don't have confidence in him."
Mention is made of Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis speaking out about the botched video response (it looked like it was made by a webcam - see both videos here). It's also noted that most of the anti-coalition people protesting outside Rideau hall were Conservative Party members and
Why didn't Dion and Layton throw something similar together? The Conservatives are successfully portraying the coalition as something only a select few people want. If you want this, make your voices heard!
See also: "Liberals sabotaging coalition through sheer incompetence" - Jerad Gallinger, j-rad.ca