Thursday, December 01, 2005

Uniting Against a Common Problem

Taking a cruise through the 'sphere shows an interesting idea taking root from both sides. There is much talk about the possibility of forming a Conservative / NDP coalition - do both sides agree on enough issues? Some opinion says yes.
I've decided to start a series outlining areas where there appears to be NDP/CPC concurrence. I'll also be going back about a week and digging out some of the other gems I've been seeing.

Item: Will the NDP support the CPC on cutting the GST?

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We are in a state of continual minority governments and it is imperative for parties to make it work. Contrary to popular opinion there is enough agreement on policies for the NDP and CPC to work together to form a Progressive-Conservative platform.

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There would be enough balance to not allow legislation in divisive issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion on one side or euthanasia or decriminalization / legalization of marijuana on the other hand.

This is how minority governments are supposed to work - and if we send the correct message through our democratic rights we can get it.

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For instance, on the issue of auto jobs, the NDP platform is something a conservative could work with:

[NDP Leader Jack] Layton said adoption of his plan on the auto industry will be a core element for the party, no matter who forms government after the Jan. 23 election.

"Any political party hoping to work with us in the next Parliament had better understand that an early, comprehensive, effective auto strategy must be part of the agenda," he told autoworkers.

Speaking in this Toronto-area community, which is bracing for 3,000 job cuts at General Motors, Layton said there needs to be a commitment to research and development and targeted incentives that will allow the industry to retool for the production of more energy-efficient vehicles.

In addition, he says free-trade talks with Japan and Korea should ensure that those markets are open to Canadian-made vehicles.

The NDP also wants improved border transportation links to help with the flow of Canadian manufactured auto parts to the United States.>

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Strategically speaking, outside of Quebec, the Liberal Party gains usually at the expense of the NDP and the Conservative Party. If the Liberal Party has to fight against the NDP and the Conservatives ... could be interesting. One national message against the Liberal Party, and in ridings where it's between the Conservatives and the NDP - local issues take precedent so we stay on the dump the Liberals message.

Finding a parliament made up of mostly NDP and CPC, we relegate the Bloc to minimal participation. By extension, the Liberal Party to an even more minimal level of participation.

It certainly isn't outside the realm of possibility. Looking at the history of Canadian conservatism, some have argued that Canadian socialism grew out of "red Toryism". Our roots together run deep.

I for one, think it's certainly worth exploring - and I look forward to RP's future posts [They Hate Us For Our Freedom].

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2 comments:

Halden said...

This could be quite the Unholy alliance. I can hear the Social Cons shrieking at aligning themsleves with Dirty Socialists.

The issues you raise could see the CPC and NDP trying to get along but what happens when SSM, Health Care or US relations comes up?

Jim said...

That's where the wheeling and dealing come in - might not be pretty, you're right.

I think the stickiest issue is Health Care.

On SSM, if the Cons do not hold a majority, then any motions raised will be defeated. Case closed - and it's over.

On US Relations, one of the biggest constituencies of the NDP are members of organized labour, who rely on steady and good trade with the US. So, while the Cons would have to back off on defense issues, I think the NDP would embrace tougher trade stances.

Health care - that's a good one, especially if Mr. Layton redelivers that health care ultimatum.