|MP Elizabeth May|
Joan Bryden's interesting article on the interview includes this comment on the extraordinary significance that such cooperation might have :
On a national scale, however, it would be difficult for the Liberals and Greens, without the help of the NDP, to unseat the Conservative government. Based on the 2011 election results, a combined Liberal-Green vote could have theoretically defeated the Tories in just over a dozen ridings — not enough to defeat the governing party, although sufficient to reduce it to a minority.
|MP Joyce Murray - Reformer|
Harper's new Tories only gained their majority through razor thin margins in a small number of seats, and is vulnerable to any kind of cooperation which reduces the splitting of the vote in ridings where the sitting Conservative MP won by less than 50% of the votes cast.
Joyce Murray and Elizabeth May are both to be congratulated for listening to the wishes of the majority of non-Tory voters, and continuing the critical discussion of electoral cooperation and post-election electoral reform.
If only more politicians would actually walk their talk and listen to Canadians rather than rushing off blindly on courses that clearly are not consistent with what voters really want, perhaps Canada might be able to remedy its crushing democratic deficits.
With a little bit of luck, Murray and May might usher in a new era of democratic reform in our country, as leaders of our very own, Canadian-style Arab Spring.
The best of luck to both of them!