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You dont see this happen everyday in Canadian politics

A joint statement released by more then one political party in Canada is very rare indeed. Dion and May have done just that at their individual party websites.

Interesting times indeed. Whoever told you Canadian politics was boring hasn’t lived here of late.

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8 comments to You dont see this happen everyday in Canadian politics

  • Adrian MacNair

    Well, it’s official. I have nowhere to place my vote anymore. If the Greens are in bed with the Liberals, CDN politics has officially reached Lake Superior bottom.

  • Btw. I saw Scott Brison on Newman’s show already telling people to “vote strategically” (ie vote Liberal because no one else can beat the Great Satan, boooo). Don’t be naive enough to believe your “partner” doesn’t see this deal in an entirely different way.

  • Recognition that they are a relevent and credible party
    How by your leader basically telling her supporters to elect the Liberals?

    The opportunity to show NDP supporters who is more progressive and willing to be pragmatic rather than combative for the good of the country.

    And by pragmatic you mean help the Liberals get back into power. Well I have lived through several of those movies and let me tell you it never ends well. Did you miss the thirteen years in which they did nothing about carbon emissions?

    Adriane Carr, Deputy Leader, is running in Vancouver Centre. We have made it a priority that she win, defeating Liberal incumbent Hedy Fry

    Why would Greens vote for Carr? Won’t that hurt Dion’s chance of becoming PM?

    So no May is not telling anyone to vote Liberal, anymore than Dion told all Liberals to vote Green.

    So tell me how is that going to help Dion get elected PM (something your leader endorses. Does she not want the job?)? Greens will have to vote Liberal in order for that to happen. We don’t have direct elections for PM.

    I am just amazed how thoroughly the “Think Twice Coalition” has taken over the Green hierarchy. Hats off to them.

  • Yessssss! Finally, I have an option in Vancouver-Centre.

  • Whooee! What GAB said.
    JB

  • No Greg, The Greens are actively running against the Libs in rest of the ridings and May has at no point in the press release told anyone to vote Liberal.

    What do the Greens get?
    1. a chance(slim mind you)to take Mackay’s seat

    2. Recognition that they are a relevent and credible party

    3. The opportunity to show they are not just another naysaying petty party by being cooperative for the good of the country

    4. The opportunity to show NDP supporters who is more progressive and willing to be pragmatic rather than combative for the good of the country.

    5. A personal edorsment of their leader.

    all for throwing a riding that could not be won. This is at least equal if not better for the Greens than the Libs.

    The Liberals get

    1. Endorsement of their leader

    2. They create a viable draw for the Red Tories to flee the Conservative party.

    3. They get seen as warm and welcoming opposed to the conservative hard/cold image and the NDP smug image.

    A quote from Elizebeth’s letter to members

    “Please be prepared for this historic step to be misunderstood and deliberately mis-characterized.

    Adriane Carr, Deputy Leader, is running in Vancouver Centre. We have made it a priority that she win, defeating Liberal incumbent Hedy Fry (by the way, Mr. Dion never asked me to withdraw or alter any other ridings than those of the leaders.) Across Canada, Greens will be running against Liberals. We have significant (huge, when one considers NAFTA and other policy areas) disagreements. ”

    So no May is not telling anyone to vote Liberal, anymore than Dion told all Liberals to vote Green. They are telling everyone that they are both strong viable parties capable of fighting the blight of Harper.

  • Funny, it does not sound like a sell out or party merger does it?

    People really get bend out of shape imagining things.

  • We recognize that a government in which Stéphane Dion served as Prime Minister could work well with a Green Caucus of MPs, led by Elizabeth May, committed to action on climate.

    How is this supposed to work? Is May telling Green voters to vote Liberal in the 306 ridings where they are both fielding candidates? That must be the case because we don’t elect Prime Ministers directly, do we? If they follow that logic the “Green Caucus” will be very tiny indeed (zero is my guess). I can see why Liberals are very happy with this arrangement. I just haven’t figured out what’s in it for Green voters.

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