Sunday, January 27, 2013

Liberal leadership race: Liberal-Green pre-election ceasefire could prevent Harper majority in 2015

MP Elizabeth May
MP Joyce Murray was interviewed by the Canadian Press on the possibility of a pre-election electoral cooperation taking place in ridings that choose to do so before the 2015 election. 
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!


  1. There`s not much point in projecting 2010 Green Party general election results forward to 2015. In the last general election, the Greens still had per vote subsidy flowing to 200 riding associations. The GPC has not had any paid organisers outside Elizabeth Mays riding of SGI since 2008. That is a long time to live off your hump, and the large number of EDA`s being decertified underlines the collapse of the GPC as a national party. All the NDP and Liberals need to do to get the local GPC candidate off the ballot is wait until 2015. They do not need to give anything in return, so why should they? Nope, the Conservatives made a big mistake when they cut off the per vote subsidy, as it may have been a temporary setback to the Dippers and Liberals, but it spelled the end of the GPC as a national party, and added another couple of percent of the electorate to each of the NDP and Liberal Party`s.

  2. The Green party supporters deserve to be represented in Parliament, and a modified proportional representative system would allow this. Besides, being proactive in remedying our democratic deficits is a good thing, so kudos to May and Murray!

  3. That may be, but I must confess that I do not see how huddling together to decide which Party`s candidate will sit the election out in each electoral district addresses a democratic deficit. If the Party`s were to campaign on electoral reform, then your professed aim may be served, but do you really think that an electoral pact has anything to do with more representative elected parliamentarians?

  4. BGB - first things first: we will never have significant electoral reform if Harper stays in government. So let's get him out. If we have a Liberal or NDP minority government replacing him, then the chances for some kind of meaningful electoral reform are much better.

    So let's get the ball rolling by ensuring that Harper's new Tories do NOT form the next government. That's a good enough aim as it is, given his degradation of our parliamentary democracy!

  5. Not going to work so sorry Ms May but your Green party will disappear.


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