Canada’s Liberals and NDP should merge

2012-11-25

in Canada, Geek stuff, Politics, Rants

Can the Liberals and the NDP please just merge already?

Source: ThreeHundredEight.com

The Liberal and New Democratic parties have now spent years operating under the apparent assumption that the key issue is leadership and that if they can just find the right leader they will be able to form a government.

I think a much bigger problem is vote splitting. Different voters have the NDP, Liberals, and Greens as their top choice. Probably, the second-place preferences of these voters are also for one of those three parties. And yet, because votes get split between left-leaning parties, the Conservatives end up governing.

Arguably, it would be preferable to reform the electoral system, rather than respond to the united right by uniting the left. What this alternative proposal lacks is practicality: the federal Conservative Party is unlikely to replace an electoral system that has allowed them to govern with a minority of support for so long, and no other party is in a position to influence legislation.

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oleh November 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

It is mindbogglling how the stated purposes of forming government by the Liberals and the NDP are not being acted on with the obvious solution of a merger.

. November 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt kept party bastion Calgary Centre, AB in the fold by a margin of 1,167 votes or 4.2% of the vote, obtaining a 36.9% vote-share by the time all the polls had been counted, over her nearest competitor Liberal Harvey Locke (at 32.7%).

http://www.punditsguide.ca/2012/11/theres-horseshoes-and-then-theres-by-elections/

oleh December 1, 2012 at 8:20 am

Another alternative is for the NDP and the Liberals to agree to run only one candidate in each riding where a Conservative could be unseated by such a decision. I would welcome if that agreement would inlcude the Green Party.

It is a win-win solution but one that would require one party or perhaps two parties in a riding to step aside – and therefore a level of concession and maturity.

Milan December 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

Such an arrangement could work for producing a coalition government. That could be less of a stress for party members. Right now, Liberals seem intent on reviving their faded brand while the NDP perceives some hope of taking over as the official opposition indefinitely. Canadians, I think, would be much better served if they would cooperate on building a coalition that can take power.

Such an informal candidate winnowing process could be even more effective if it incorporated the Green Party as well as the Liberals and NDP. It could be an effective way of reducing their mutual vote-splitting problem.

oleh December 15, 2012 at 3:48 am

Although not a formal coalition, in the 1960’s the minority Liberal government of Lester Pearson with the support of the NDP introduced the national heath plan. What a success. In a poll of what unites us in Canada recently, the national helath plan had top billing.

Milan February 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

If Canadians don’t want an endless string of Conservative governments, the NDP and Liberals really need to figure this out:

Canada - national voting intentions Feb 2013

Canada vote shares - Feb 2013

Source: Conservatives drop in latest EKOS poll

. August 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

“The Liberal Party, for example, is the party of visible minorities and Catholics, of Quebec federalists, of francophones outside of Quebec. The Conservative Party is traditionally the party of Protestants, rural Canadians, and Westerners. And the New Democratic Party is a party of union members, women, and increasingly urban dwellers (Bibby, 1990; Blais, 2005; Blais et al., 2002).”

Loewen, Peter. “Affinity, Antipathy and Political Participation: How Our Concern For Others Makes Us Vote”. CJPS 2010.

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