Just a few days after Jack Layton’s funeral, new merger talk has broken out between the NDP and the Liberals.

On  his flight home from the funeral, former prime minister Jean Chretien boasted to a journalist that his plans for a Liberal-NDP merger would have stopped the Conservatives from taking power this year.

Denis Coderre is a heavyweight Liberal mp from Quebec.  He says « We have to hold a serious debate on the future of progressive forces in Canada. »  Mr. Coderre said negotiations could lead to a new party of Liberal Democrats or a coalition. « We are currently divided, and we have to look at all of the options. »

Liberal Justin Trudeau says he is not convinced of the benefits of a merger but he could change his mind.

Betweenoth Jean Chretien and former NDP leader, Ed Broadbent, favour a merger of the two parties.

Just a few years ago, Stephen Harper led the fight to unite the right between the Conservatives and the Reformers.  Look at Harper now.  He leads a majority Conservative government.

Is it time for some one like Bob Rae to grasp the nettle and unite the progressive left.

Will the NDP and the Liberals get anywhere separately?  Or will they just guarantee the Harper Conservative will stay in power indefinitely?

Should the NDP and the Liberals merge?

What do you think ?


  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    I know it’s a typo, but I think Neil has inadvertently invented a new word: « betweenoth ».

    An obvious combination of « between them » and « both »,  » betweenoth » means neither yet at the same time communicates a meaning that is a whole greater than the sum of the two parts.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    That’s an interesting observation, Tony.

  3. 3

    If the Conservatives are to be run out in the next election, the Liberals and NDP will have to merge. Three plus parties does not end up giving a fair representation across the country. I think their philosophies can be managed, after all the Conservatives and « what-zer-name » did.
    An after thought: The Liberals will have to park their ego’s.

  4. 4

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  5. 5
    Neil McKenty Says:

    I am not aware of my blog ever having been plagiairized and would not know how to stop it if it wetre occurring.

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