Canada’s Only Hope: An Orange-Green Merger
- The result: the Federal Liberals are lower in the polls today (23%) than they were under Dion’s ‘peak’ (26%).
- The result: the ‘progressive’ contingent of the Liberal Party of Canada looks to be prepared to take a walk.
- The result: combined, the Green and NDP represent more than 29% of decided voters. This is a far cry from the 37% that the Cons currently register, but if you were to look at the numbers by riding (which I don’t have), I’m willing to bet that the combined impact would lead to a much higher polling in valuable urban ridings than the Conservative base of rural locations.
- The result: it’s conceivable that if an election were held today, the NDP might hold as many seats as the Liberals.
What does this all mean? The Greens and the NDP MUST drop their gloves, get together, agree on their differences and lead this country into the future.
Let’s face it: there are only 3-4 central issues that separate the two parties. We must encourage all of the representatives from both parties to do the following:
- Show the door to the leaders of the NDP and the Greens. I will never vote for the NDP again as long as Jack Layton is in charge, and I think millions of Canadians feel the same way. He delivered a minority government to Stephen Harper, not once but TWICE. He has kept this man in power and he has blood on his hands. Elizabeth May has drifted unsuccessfully to three different ridings in the past and has not chosen winnable ridings. More importantly, it’s been about Elizabeth May and not the Green Party of Canada in the last three elections.
- Get together. Talk. Write. Set up a wiki. Find your differences and put them aside. You’ll find that you have more in common than you have keeping you apart.
- Create solid, consistent and unique policy.
- Pick a single leader with dozens of talented people to support him/her.
- Win seats.
With Ignatieff’s Liberals about to implode and the Harper Conservatives poised to make impromptu visits to Geneva to defend their war crimes in Afghanistan, there’s no time like the present to respond to all Canadians with a progressive platform.
It’s that simple. We need action today, so lobby your local MPs, candidates and the leaders of these two parties.
Canada’s future depends on it.