Monday, 9 May 2011
Strategic Campaigning and Vote Pairing, Not Mergers
|Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Tony Blair (left) and David|
Image Source: The Spectator blog
- It would dilute the social democratic element in the NDP as Dippers try to gain access to big Liberal Donors.
- Said dilution would mean many innovative social democratic ideas (like Anti-Scab Legislation, Guaranteed Minimum Income, Green Works programs, or a harm reduction drug policy) would never make it into parliamentary debates.
- Strict centrists would stay home and blue Liberals would leave en masse to the Conservatives (some of them already did in Southern Ontario this election).
- This would create a Two-Party system in Canada, with viciously partisan rhetoric in a dishonest attempt to distinguish two increasingly similar parties.
- A Two-Party model would mean both parties are obsessed with forming government, thereby pressuring both to run to the corporate centre (via the Investment Theory of Party Competition), further diluting the social democratic element of the NDP (Remember "New Labour"?). This is especially the case if public financing laws are repealed or caps on private contributions dropped (an average corporate CEO can out fund raise an average Union leader any day of the week).
|Tweedledee and Tweedledum?: Harper (left) and Layton |
(right). Jack Layton has accepted the Conservative
framing on consumption taxes and, to an extent,
crime. The new Two Party realities may push
even more similarities.
Image Source: The National Post
In the long-term, of course, the goal must be electoral reform. Whether the Chretien Liberals, Today's NDP, or the Harper Government™, false majorities must not be tolerated.