Yeah, more talk of a Liberal-NDP merger…
For full disclosure, I’m a Conservative. I’d like nothing more than to see this issue get completely blown out of proportion – and thanks to individuals like the outspoken Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin, it has.
Martin suggested that he might seek the NDP leadership to allow its members to vote for somebody who is willing to merge the parties. He said, “If none of them throw it on the table, I’ll do it myself.”
Let’s cut right to the chase. I realize that the NDP Caucus has a slew of new and inexperienced members, but I’d like to believe that even they have common-sense enough to realize that this is a fanciful idea that they shouldn’t pursue. Talk of a merger is truly destabilizing to their caucus at a time when it must pick a new leader, and organize itself as a credible and effective Official Opposition.
The Liberals would love nothing more than to fuel talk of a merger – even if it’s not serious – as a means to destabilize their left-of-centre rivals. If the NDP flounders, the Liberals stand to gain.
I agree with Chris Selley‘s assertion that the NDP should be talking about cooperation rather than merging. A merger would certainly destroy the tremendous gains Jack Layton and the NDP made in the last federal election and would be ill-advised despite Martin’s latest musings to the contrary.