One piece of advice would be to listen to the people who might actually vote for you:
A pre-election coalition?A single slate would be the height of simplicity: the Liberals and NDP agree not to run against their incumbents, and apportion the remaining seats based on who came 2nd to the Tories outside of Quebec. In Quebec, there's the thornier question of what to do with the Bloc, but I'm tempted to say they should stay out of the coalition. This has the advantage of being popular and pragmatic: I don't think the Bloc would be seriously threatened in many of their seats by a combined Liberal-NDP vote, unless Ignatieff seriously resucitates Liberal fortunes in Quebec. When 60-70% of your supporters back this kind of initiative, it's really a no-brainer, especially if we're thrust in to an election that the Liberals aren't remotely prepared for.
Respondents were asked to ponder a scenario in which the Liberals and the NDP formed a pre-election coalition that would present a single slate of candidates in the entire country, where Grits and New Democrats would not run against each other in the same riding.
Two-in-five Canadians (40%) like this idea, but 45 per cent are opposed. The highest level of support for this concept comes from respondents who voted for the Liberals (67%), the Bloc (67%) and the NDP (59%) in the last federal election, with Green supporters (36%) and Conservative voters (19%) clearly less enthused.
That said, I have an extremely low opinion of Michael Ignatieff, so a no-brainer might be beyond him...