Like sharks catching a whiff of blood in the water, on Tuesday media pounced on the announcement that 14 provincial New Democrats had allegedly defected to Elizabeth May’s Greens’ federal and New Brunswick provincial wings.

Adding to the feeding frenzy is the New Democrats’ current challenge in finding enough candidates to field a full slate of 338 for the upcoming federal election. To date, the party has nominated just 159 people, barely six weeks before the October 21 federal election.