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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says no to coalition idea with New Democrats

Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, alongside Manitoba Liberal candidates, talks to reporters in Winnipeg, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Trudeau rejected any suggestion of a coalition with the NDP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

WINNIPEG – Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is rejecting any idea of a formal coalition with the NDP.

Trudeau says he doesn’t believe in reducing the options voters have at the ballot box.

He also says there are very big differences between NDP and Liberal policies — on everything from child care to income-tax reform to the rules for possible Quebec separatism.

One New Democrat MP, Nathan Cullen, has said the NDP would look to form a coalition with the Liberals if it were the only way to oust the Harper Conservatives from power.

Trudeau says he is open to co-operating with other parties, if need be, on key legislation, but any formal coalition is out of the question.