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 ?