September 4, 2011 by staff
We’ll never know. But it is clear that the elevation of St. Jack to sit at the right hand of Tommy Douglas has not only the media increasingly useful as an excuse to speculate wildly to his successor – he has even begun to fantasize about a merger of NDP and Liberal parties.
The idea of?? Merging the Liberals and the NDP is useless, silly and unrealistic. Worse, a merger or even manages to give either party what you want in the future, which is power.
So what better theme for a summer Saturday morning meditating on a marriage never probably never attempted, much less work?
Nobody seems to know where the idea came from a merger, pointing to a fiction created by the media. The Toronto Sun scoffed in an editorial this week that all the talk was just “a summer evening to make the project work” for the national press corps – as likely an explanation as any.
But whatever the father of the idea, it is clear that the light bulb lit up after a long hard look at the political landscape of Canada. The reality is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will be in power for long. Maybe a very long time.
Given the way Canadian politics often moves during two election cycles, Harper could be PM until 2019. And given the horror of this sparks left, no wonder we’re fantasizing Technicolor release.
OK, so how? Ken Lewenza said CAW chief example of the merging parties the right of Canada as how the left should do if it wants to regain power. (It is strange to hear a fusion of the guys who ran the infamous CAW division of the National Development Plan to support the Liberals?)
In 2019, the Liberals may have succeeded in reconstructing the political engine that used to be. But not necessarily: the Conservatives took 13 years for the reconstruction of the smoking ruins left by Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell. There is no guarantee that the Liberals can do in just eight.
But in 2019 the libraries should at least have paid their dues and maybe even buried some of the most unpleasant participants in the bitter Paul Martin / Jean Chretien fight.
The National Development Plan? Well, you can still have 63 seats in Quebec in 2019. Miracles do happen. But more likely is that the Quebec electorate is fickle past to embrace the flavor of the months of new policies, and the National Development Plan would again be only 40 or so seats. That does not give much influence with the Liberals.
There are plenty of obstacles to overcome – perhaps more obstacles there are commonalities that unite them.
Culture: The parties of the right that Harper States – the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance – was much more in common than the Liberals and the NDP do. Fundraising to discussions of leadership, customs and traditions are completely different.
Employees: the National Development Plan employs union party. Liberals do not. How do you square blocks? Seniority would determine which party employees stay, and they get let go? High non-union liberals could “reactivate” the young brothers and sisters of the NDP of your work? A merger would be fun to watch, as only catfight.
The debt: some see the merger Dippers talking like a cunning plot Liberal have someone else pay their huge debts. By the time Joe Clark was leading his little band of useless losers Tory, the accumulated debts of the party had beaten and 9 million. In Harper, the United Party quietly assumed those debts and pays them off.
Can you see how members of the NDP solvent agreement to pay the “big fish,” liberal “chronicle of millions of dollars of debt? The total, including the offer of leadership of age and riding associations, it is public. But they are at least as bad as Clark disorder.
And finally, the naming rights, a logical name for the merged party the Liberal Democrats would. But remember, the left called CRAP sniggeringly Harper’s new party for the Party of Reform Conservative Alliance. And spin is fair play.
So if the word “Democrat” appears anywhere in his name the new party could be called Democrats Un-realistic. Because, as Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, he always said, the NDP is “da t’ird part.”
And that’s it as seriously as anyone should have the conversation of fusion.
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