The video accompanied the following letter directly from Ignatieff:
On Monday I insisted that it is time to replace confrontation with cooperation in the House of Commons. Following a series of meetings with Mr. Harper over the last two days, I’m pleased to announce that our hard work and commitment to progress has started to pay off. The government has made a number of concessions – most notably, an agreement to form an Employment Insurance working group that will work throughout the summer months to fix flaws and find a way to build regional fairness into our EI system, and to offer access to self-employed Canadians.
Mr. Harper has also agreed to a strict accountability timetable for the fall. The government will bring Parliament back early and deliver an additional accountability report to Canadians the week of September 28th. This report will be followed by a guaranteed Opposition Day – and further Opposition Days throughout the fall – allowing our Liberal caucus to hold the government accountable and bring forward a confidence motion, if that becomes necessary and is in the best interests of Canadians.
By achieving this outcome, the Liberal Party has demonstrated its commitment to putting the needs of Canadians ahead of politics by helping to make Parliament work. We have delivered progress and accountability while avoiding a summer election at a time when Canadians are more worried about the growing health care crisis and supporting their families through this recession.
I’ll continue to keep you up to date throughout the summer, and hope you will stay in touch as well.