|Justin Trudeau's Big Enchilada?|
Political cooperation isn't a new concept, but University of B.C. political science professor Philip Resnick says it's worth noting that in both the NDP and Liberal leadership campaigns, it has been the B.C. candidate who has advanced the concept of political cooperation.
"Nathan Cullen in the NDP contest, Joyce Murray in the Liberal one. Add Elizabeth May to the mix and you have three," he told me by email.
"The idea would appeal to a lot of ordinary voters across the country, and given our current electoral system of first past the post, would greatly facilitate the defeat of Harper and the Conservatives. Folks in B.C. are more open to political experimentation - the B.C. Citizen's Forum on Electoral Reform, the referendum on the HST - which may explain Cullen's and Murray's stance. Having said this, I don't think the party apparati in either case is open to pre-electoral cooperation. Partisanship runs deep in both camps and each one dreams of winning the big enchilada on its own."
No kidding. Marc Garneau, considered to be Trudeau's main rival, rebuffed Murray's inter-party cooperation idea as "a fantasy."
Trudeau is also not keen on the idea. "I understand that people want proportional representation, but too many people don't understand the polarization and the micro-issues that come through proportional representation," he said during the Halifax debate.
Is it me or did Trudeau make it sound as if Canadians are too stupid to understand the idea and that he won't promote electoral reform if he becomes leader.
Makes you wonder if we'll ever see electoral reform.
What a missed opportunity for the younger Trudeau to do so something for Canada that equals his father's magnificent Charter of Rifhts & Freedoms!