Concerned about the possibility of a Tory majority in the next election?
Frustrated by the apparent lack of involvement of the ordinary members of your party (whether Liberal or NDP) in any discussion of how a cooperation between the two parties might work?
Afraid that an election might be upon us before the leaders of the LPC and NDP can get their act together to maximize the possibility of removing the Tories and replacing them with a new and more progressive government?
Itching to do something meaningful to bring Harper's Tory government down and give Canadians a better alternative?
The Cat has a solution for you. One that should dramatically maximize the voting power of ordinary Liberals and Dippers, substantially increase the chance of a change of government and a cooperative LPC-NDP government replacing Harper, and doing all this without negative financial impact on the two parties.
It works this way:
- It does not need Layton or Ignatieff to say or do anything.
- It can be done by ordinary registered voters who are members of the LPC or NDP in the TwinnedSeats set out below, acting on their own.
- There is no merger of the LPC or NDP.
- There is no pre-election coalition of the LPC or NDP.
- There is no formal agreement required from the LPC or the NDP before the election.
- There is no formal agreement – either pre-election or post-election – with the Bloc.
- It is a purely voluntary effort by ordinary members of the LPC and NDP aimed at taking at least 16 seats away from the Tories and making sure those seats are won by the LPC and NDP. This would make the combined LPC and NDP seats in the next House larger than the Tory seats.
- It requires members of the LPC in each of 8 seats listed below to voluntarily, without any legal obligation, and without any consideration, without breaking any laws, to decide to vote for the NDP candidate in their riding, rather than for their own Liberal candidate, so that the chances of the NDP candidate are maximized.
- It requires members of the NDP in at least 8 of the listed seats below to voluntarily, without any legal obligation, and without any consideration, without breaking any laws, to decide to vote for the LPC candidate in their riding, rather than for their own NDP candidate, so that the chances of the LPC candidate are maximized.
- It requires these LPC and NDP members to use a website (blog or Facebook) to show how many LPC and NDP voters have voluntarily agreed to vote for the other party's candidate. The results of the "twin" seat in the twin's matching blog or Facebook will serve as an inspiration for more Liberals and Dippers to join their colleagures.
It would be very useful if any of those digitally sophisticated people who helped found and run the highly successful grass roots the Canadians Against Prorogation (CAP) program volunteered to form a TwinSeats Facebook site which could act as a clearing house for the grass roots twinning I suggest.
And then we could sit back and watch the Tories start sweating.
The beauty of this proposal is that the neither of the two parties is officially involved; neither Layton nor Ignatieff have to make any decisions; and ordinary people can take the future of their country into their own hands.
It also means that neither the LPC nor the NDP lose the public funding of $1.95 per vote cast in the election. For each LPC voter who does not vote for the LPC in his or her TwinSeat riding but instead votes for the NDP candidate, there should be a corresponding NDP voter voting for the LPC instead of the NDP in the twinned seat. So both parties should overall get the same public funding as they would have if they had voted for their own party's candidate.
And, of course, the risk of the Tories getting a majority of seats (over 155) and being able to remove all public funding, will be substantially reduced by this proposal. This should be a very positive thing for the Bloc, the NDP and the LPC.
What happens after the election?
The stage would be set for meaningful talks after the election between the LPC and NDP about some form of governing cooperation agreement once the Tory government falls.
The TwinSeats proposal aims at taking at least 16 seats away from the Tories and making sure those seats are won by the LPC and NDP.
This would make the combined LPC and NDP seats in the next House larger than the Tory seats.
This would in turn give the Bloc good moral and strategic reasons to seriously reconsider their declared policy of supporting a minority Tory government when Harper tries to form one through the Throne Speech and budget after the next election.
The Bloc will have a meaningful choice: support a Tory minority government which has lost a substantial number of seats, or vote against Harper and then support a cooperation formed after the next election between the LPC and NDP when the Governor General turns to Ignatieff as leader of the party with the next highest number of seats after the Tories to try to form a government which has the confidence of the House. Ignatieff and Layton would then cut a cooperation deal, and the LPC would have a Throne Speech which the NDP and Bloc could support.
Any CAP members out of there who like to take this TwinSeats idea and run with it?
A riding in A below is to be matched with a riding in B below, that two ridings are twinned. The numbers next to each seat are the number of votes in thousands required to unseat the sitting Tory MP. If there is a BE instead of a number, it means even combining LPC and NDP votes leads to a break even fight against the sitting Tory. If the number is in brackets, it means the combined LPC and NDP votes still fall short by that number of votes (in thousands). Numbers from the 2008 election results in Wikipedia.
A: The Liberal TwinSeats:
Any one of the following seats (LPC voters vote for NDP candidate in this riding):
South Shore NDP majority of 8
Palliser NDP 2
Saskatoon – Rosetown NDP 1
Kamloops NDP BE
Surrey North NDP 3
Nanaimo NDP (4)
Vancouver Island NDP BE
Surrey North NDP 3
Oshawa NDP 2
B: The NDP TwinSeats:
Any one of the following seats (NDP voters vote for LPC candidate in this riding):
Egmont LPC Break-even (BE)
West Nova LPC 5
Frederiction LPC 1
Miramichi LPC 3
Saint John LPC 4
Pontiac LPC 2
Ottawa-Orleans LPC 2
Ottawa West Nepean LPC 1
Glengarry LPC BE
Peterborough LPC (1)
Oak Ridges LPC 6
Thornhill LPC (1)
Mississauga Erindale LPC 4
Ancaster LPC (1)
Burlington LPC (2)
Halton LPC (2)
Niagara Falls LPC (1)
St Catherines LPC 1
Brant LPC 4
Haldimand LPC 1
Huron LPC 1
Kitchener Centre LPC 8
Kitchener Waterloo LPC 9
Chatham LPC BE
Elgin LPC (3)
Essex LPC 7
London West LPC 5
Kenora LPC 3
Saint Boniface LPC 1
Winnipeg South LPC (2)
Desnethe LPC BE
Fleetwood LPC 1
North Vancouver LPC 2
West Vancouver LPC 2
Saanich LPC 1
Nunavut LPC 1