Thursday, April 16, 2015
Justin Trudeau and the Great Canadian Coalition
Ever since Stephen Harper came to power and Canada's long nightmare began, I have tried to remain strictly non-partisan and support all three progressive parties.
I have encouraged them to fight the tyrant as hard as they can, I have focused on the strengths of their leaders rather than their weaknesses.
Because all I seek is the total destruction of the Con regime. At this point in our history, for me, that's all that matters.
And in that regard, I'm afraid I have to say that I believe that Justin Trudeau has just made a bad mistake.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he doesn’t see any possibility of a coalition with the NDP, a day after he said he would “maybe” be more open to the idea if Tom Mulcair wasn’t running the party.
Not just because it's not his job to tell the NDP who their leader should be, and Tom Mulcair is both a good politician, and a good Canadian.
But also because this isn't too smart.
“There’s too many big issues on which the NDP and Liberal party have deep disagreements when it comes to economic growth, when it comes to trade, when it comes to the Constitution and how easy it should be to break up this country,” he said. “I do not see any possibility of coalition with the NDP regardless of who the leader might be.”
For the very simple reason that if Harper should win a minority, Justin will have to form a coalition with the NDP if we are to topple the tyrant...
If Justin wins a minority government he will have to depend on the NDP to remain in power.
At this stage, either scenario looks possible.
For the first time since Justin Trudeau took over the party two years ago, the Liberals have lost the lead in national voting intentions. While that has placed the Conservatives in top spot, it is the New Democrats who have benefited from the Liberals' slip.
And while Trudeau and his advisers may think that they have inoculated themselves against Stephen Harper's attempt to use the idea of a coalition against them...
It can only make many Canadians wonder whether he might form a coalition with the Cons, as John Ibbotson gleefully suggests here.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he was “unequivocally opposed to any sort of coalition” with the NDP. That makes perfect sense. It would be far more logical for the Liberals to make common cause with the Conservatives.
And that will hurt him in places like Quebec, where people strongly support the idea of a coalition, and just want Stephen Harper defeated by whatever means necessary.
But what disappoints me the most is that Justin, who has many admirable qualities, looks like he is running away from the idea of a coalition...
Making it look like it's something shameful or illegitimate. Which only allows Stephen Harper to continue to demonize it. Or invent rules to govern it as Ibbotson does here.
The actual outcome of a hung parliament, if there is one, will be governed by the First Law of Coalitions, which states that coalitions are legitimate if they are legitimate and illegitimate if they are illegitimate.
If, on election day, either the Liberals or the NDP are several points behind the Conservatives in the popular vote and well short of them in the seat count, a coalition will be impossible, however much constitutional theorists might huff and puff.
When in fact there are no such rules or laws, all that counts are the total number of seats. And a coalition is an entirely legitimate part of a parliamentary democracy.
One has governed Britain for years and will almost certainly govern Britain again after next month's election, no matter what the politicians are saying now.
And in a country like Canada where the opposition is divided, a coalition may be the ONLY way we can topple the Cons.
So to deny ourselves that tool would be tantamount to self mutilation or madness.
Especially since I can't think of a more Canadian way of governing, than one that forces parties to negotiate and compromise. When our genius for compromise was what created this country.
And this Great Canadian Coalition looks REALLY good to me...
With Justin Trudeau providing the generational change, Tom Mulcair providing the experience, and Elizabeth May providing the common sense, and keeping the guys in line.
And this couldn't be more true...
So let's please stop fighting ourselves, let's focus instead on the values we have in common, the slogans we can share, like this one.
In lovely green, orange, and red.
Or this one...
Like the one I'm wearing.
Let's turn the next election into a giant Stop Harper or Save Canada movement.
And bring down the tyrant together...
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