If you think this game is finished, you've not played it very much.
I more than think the game is "finished", as I'm pretty sure it said version 1.0 not long ago. So long as you have patching, games are in theory never "completed", but I think it is fairly clear what was being stated. The game is Gold, not pre-alpha, or even beta. Gold. Done. And you'd have to define "very much". In Elemental in total, I have around 130 hours+ (about 50+ of which are in FE).
There is an abundance of bugs yet remaining
Yep, thats how games are released now.. And in the past too really. Every game I have played on the PC has one bug or another. It is the nature of PC(and any medium) games.
as well as a plethora of things that can be added.
Indeed. Among that plethora, MP can fit nicely.
As far as evidence to support my claim? Which claim exactly? The one where developmental resources would be reallocated? That's not a claim, that's how the world works. Being a professional software developer for over 30+ years, I've seen and have been part of this reallocation bunches of times. You have to look at the ROI for embarking on such a path, and based on polls taken here, that return would be minimal.
The evidence required here would be an understanding of how long it would take to actually set up the game for MP. Unless you happen to know how long it would take for Brad and others to get it added in, we can't do a ROI because you do not know the time invested vs payout. So it is all speculation unless they chime in.
I'd also like to add that I never stated when I wanted MP. They do not have to work on it right this moment and to hell with everything else. If anything, I'm patient. Just so long as the option for MP is there and worked on at some point is what I'd like to have. And if they do not.. Well, I'm sure I'd get over it.