Nathan Cullen broke with other senior Dippers during the NDP leadership race to openly espouse the concept of electoral cooperation between the NDP, the LPC and the Greens. The aim would not be a merger of the three parties, but simply a working arrangement at the constituency level – driven by ordinary members of the three parties – to maximize the chances of replacing the increasingly unpopular Harper new Tories by a more progressive one in 2015.
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And his vision is taking root in some ridings:
"The goal would be just that candidate and the Conservative candidate — two people to select on the ballot," said Peterborough business owner Joel Parks.
With Bob Rae stepping aside, and a recent poll showing that Justin Trudeau has wide support both inside the Liberal Party and amongst the new category of Supporters, the role of Trudeau in the electoral cooperation becomes very important indeed.
Trudeau is on record as suggesting a reconsideration of how the next election be fought by the NDP and LOPC: “…if by 2015, with the election approaching, and neither party has got of our act together enough to shine and to be the obvious alternative, then [pause], there will be a lot of pressure for us to start looking at that. I think there is not anyone in Parliament, outside the Conservative Party of Canada, that is willing to risk seeing Stephen Harper become Prime Minister one more time.”
Cullen is right.
Professor Beyers is right.
And more than 60% of Liberal Party and NDP members are in agreement that the non-Tory voters and their parties need to get their act together to remove Harper from power, correct some of his mistakes, restore decency to our Parliament, improve our democracy by remedying our democratic deficits, and to do this pronto.
This wave for change is a strong one, and will soon amount to a tsunami of change in the way we practice politics here.
The chances of a coalition NDP-LPC-Green Party government replacing the current rightwing Harper one come the next election (most likely in early 2014), are very, very high.
And once that is done, the chances of a change from our archaic first past the post system of electing out MPs to a more demoratic modified proportional representation one will be much, much higher, too.
Canada is about to join the democratic surge that shook Europe decades ago, and is now shaking the Middle East, and soon will be shaking the two shaky empires of Russia and China.