Angus-Reid is to be congratulated for polling Canadians on the Cullen Plan, rather than just focusing on the simplistic 'merger' issue.
The latest Angus-Reid poll has this interesting snippet about the response to the Cullen Plan's proposal that the NDP and LPC decide in individual ridings to select just one candidate to run against sitting Conservative Party MPs come the next election:
Recently, some NDP and Liberal riding associations across the country have mused that they are considering supporting a joint candidate between the two of them in the next federal election to consolidate support and improve the chances of that joint candidate defeating the riding’s Conservative candidate. If this scenario materialized in their riding, 38 per cent of Canadians would be willing to vote for the joint NDP/Liberal candidate—including 37 per cent in British Columbia, 38 per cent in Ontario and 44 per cent in Quebec.
Note the high positive responses to the choice in the three major battleground provinces of BC, Ontario and Quebec.
And note especially the very high positive in Quebec: this is an indication that voters there clearly want the Harper new Tories ousted from governing Canada because of their regressive social and economic policies.
This poll should be carefully considered by riding associations of the two parties in all parts of Canada. We have seen some start in some ridings, but Canada really needs ordinary voters to take their future i nto their own hands, if the leaders of the NDP and LPC cannot come to grips with the fact that a divided non-Tory vote means more Harper repressive government.
Adopting the Cullen Plan at riding level is a means for ordinary Canadians to overcome our archaic first-past-the-post election system, by taking direct action themselves rather than waiting for electoral reform.
It is our Parliament; let's adopt the Cullen Plan to send representatives to Parliament who better represent the majority of voters in most of the 308 ridings.