OTTAWA - Federal Liberals meet again Tuesday to plot strategy for the new session of Parliament -- but a possible merger with the NDP continues to take over conversations.

A number of Liberals, including Justin Trudeau and Denis Coderre, say the idea should at least be discussed.

Coderre says it's something both parties need to examine.

He says mourners he spoke to at Jack Layton's funeral seemed to espouse the same values as Liberals and are all hungering for an alternative to the Harper government.

But Trudeau, like many others, says he's not yet convinced a merger with the Official Opposition is the best option for his once mighty party.

Interim leader Bob Rae and other current and former MPs say a merger is not in the cards.