I have always thought that an outright merger between the Liberals and The N.D.P. with perhaps the Greens (although, if one looks carefully, they’re not really left of center) would be what’s best.
I certainly understand Dylan’s concerns (Right of Center Ice) about a coalition government being a bad idea based largely in part on last year’s reactions from Canadians. I never forgot that neither. Most didn’t seem to understand that no matter what their intended vote was, they don’t vote for the PM, they vote for the MP in their ridings. Some may even still think it was the opposition not accepting an election loss and hijacking parliament.
Those people who did cry fowl are also those bred to believe socialism is a dirty word without any remote idea as to its’ meaning. That’s ok, supposed members of the media, such as Don Crook of Blogolitics and Redneck Ryan haven’t a clue to the meaning of the word neither. They are the Faux News fans.
Ì’m afraid Dylan and I part company here. I think a coalition would not only work this time around, but it is as Fern Hill of Dammit Janet points out, our salvation and all it would take is just one election. It would seem that I am not alone. Mr Frank Graves of EKOS also seems to agree that a coalition would work much better now than last year.
If the coalition was that unpopular as the noisy media would suggest to angry Canadians in 2008, why did Stevie prorogue then? If he was so sure that his budget statement of not offering any stimulus, increasing military spending and of course, taking out that ol’ contentious 1.95$ per vote for all the parties would have been better received than the coalition; why run away?
That, of course, was last year and things are different today. According to Frank Graves of EKOS, Folks weren’t as against a coalition of Liberals and N.D.P. as they were of Stephane Dion as Prime minister.
“I think there was a fundamental misread of the coalition,” Mr. Graves told The Globe today. “It was absolute outrage at the idea that we just had this crappy election that decided nothing other than we don’t want Mr. Dion around as our prime minister.”
Another thing, of course, would be to assemble this coalition as soon as possible before an election. After an election would of course, be too late. Times are different today. Most are fed up with Stevie running away when the tough get going and then doing things without any debate or voting due to a closed parliament, like practically signing away Canadian jobs and what’s left of Canada in his latest game of let’s make a deal by sucking up to Obama to bend over Buy America and Obama throwing him that bone to get rid of him. Stevie’s decreasing numbers are evidence of this.
The Liberals did pick up Stevie’s lost numbers, bringing them to a dead heat or almost, depending which polls you read. According to many pundits and pollsters, the Liberals’ rise in the polls isn’t due to a sudden Iggy love-fest, but more fatigue and outrage over games Stevie and the Harpercons play. While I see an improvement in Iggy’s performance as of late, he is still in a dead heat with Stevie and is likely to remain that way or even go down somewhat if Stevie dazzles & deflects Canadians yet again,.
Also, there is another game changer: Jack Layton’s cancer. While he intended to keep working, he’s already cancelled a few events because of his illness. We don’t really know how bad his cancer really is and of course, as we all know, cancer treatment can be worse than the disease itself. What I am saying is, inspite of Layton’s best intentions, we have to be realistic and realize that Layton can be out of commission for a very long time.
There are some who say neither the Liberals nor Stevie will trigger a spring election due to Layton’s illness. I’m not sure about that. Stevie has proven to have little if no empathy for others; that he only cares about his evangelical self. I strongly believe he could and would use Layton’s illness to play more high handed games.
Jim Flaherty refused to announce any details on Question Period yesterday as to what that upcoming budget might entail. There has been talk again of Stevie attempting to remove the 1.95$ per vote thing for all the parties. There we go: that poison pill thing you all heard me mention Stevie would give sooner than later. This will be sure to trigger a spring election.
With Iggy’s numbers not strong enough and no time for further improvements, the N.D.P. who is temporarily without leadership show that the coalition is our only salvation as Fern Hill at Dammit Janet point out. A coalition of the Liberals and N.D.P.
Would even be stronger with the Green Party, as it is another federalist party. It would be better for them to join a coalition or merge that party with another, as while that party has never won a seat, they still take votes away from the other parties, thus preventing them from having seats. It is probably also high time for Lizzy May to go. I never saw her as having that party’s best interests at heart.
The Bloc can participate but it wouldn’t seem likely given that his upcoming activities seem to be about reviving the Quebec Sovereignty movement.
No matter, with or without the Bloc Quebecois or the Greens for that matter, we know and understand that they can go back to being partisan (unless merged of course) and not agreeing on much, but it just takes one election to get rid of the Harpercons once and for all. Stevie would have to resign, yes, Norman Spector over at the Grope & Fail, even if he wins that minority you so hope for. Just one election is all it takes.
The left of center parties should take a cue from Stevie and Petey McKay way back when and unite. They should merge. However, I’ll accept a coalition for right now.
Today’s Poll Question:
Is a coalition or a merger between the N.D.P. and the Liberals necessary to unseat Stevie & the Harpercons
- Yes (52%, 11 Votes)
- No (38%, 8 Votes)
- Not sure (10%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 21