Monday, January 21, 2013

Memo to Joyce Murray: once, and then proportional rep. not satisfactory

UPDATE: Ms Murray's one-time bargain, is simply not enough....we must have a complete merger of both Liberal and NDP Parties, not merely to defeat Stephen Harper but also to give a voice to the moderate "left" majority chorus in Canada...One time collaboration followed by a proportional representation election is simply not good enough, as a policy plank for a Liberal Leadership candidate.
‘It’s not enough to replace Stephen Harper with someone else’: Joyce Murray the lone Liberal candidate to support deal with NDP
By Armina Legaya, National Post, January 20, 2013
Speaking in Vancouver, most of the nine candidates argued that co-operating with the official opposition party in order to win the 2015 elections was out of the question, as the Liberals were fundamentally different.
“It’s not enough to replace Stephen Harper with someone else. We need to replace him with a very, very clear vision of where we’re going forward,” said Montreal MP and presumptive front-runner Justin Trudeau.
“What would electoral co-operation imply? What kind of values are we willing to jettison?”
Vancouver MP Joyce Murray was the lone candidate to support one-time co-operation with the NDP and the Greens.
“Canada is too important to let Stephen Harper win the election in 2015,” she said. “We have to get rid of Stephen Harper.”
First, Ms Murray deserves a small round of applause for her courageous position, reflecting the political realities of the Canadian political landscape. We do need to get rid of Stephen Harper and his government....and the reasons are legion.
Second, if she continues to make her legitimate point, others will start to think about the implications of what she is saying...that Liberals are in no position to even contemplate a return to power, and that Canadians are not ready to give them the keys to 24 Sussex any time soon, and that co-operating with the NDP would offer the Canadian electorate a clear indication that collaboration has not completely disappeared from the Canadian official political arena.
And this, from the Joyce Murray for leader website
VANCOUVER, BC – Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra and candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, today received the endorsement of Canadian author Matthew Kalkman.
“Joyce’s vision for a Sustainable Society is exactly what I have been seeking to articulate in my book, speeches and articles on New Liberalism,” said Kalkman. ”This vision is precisely what our country needs in order to tackle the greatest threats to our freedom – be they environmental, economic or social. It is increasingly rare in our politics to have a leader who is willing to stand behind a bold, positive and thoughtful vision, which clearly articulates where she or he wants to take the country. Joyce Murray is doing just that.”
Kalkman is the author of ‘New Liberalism’, a book that examines the evolution of Liberalism from its early beginnings to its potential future incarnations. In the book, he argues that New Liberalism is the next step in this evolution: the notion that, in order for a society to be maintained and to evolve, it is necessary to take into account Liberal responsibility to future generations. Matthew was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Liberal Biennial convention, where Interim Leader Bob Rae predicted he "will have a great future in our party".

And this today from The Tyee,
Is Justin Trudeau Stephen Harper's Best Chance? (excerpted below)

By Kai Nagata, from The Tyee website, January 21, 2013
I had the chance to ask Justin Trudeau for an unequivocal answer on my number-one issue as a voter, and he obliged: "I am completely closed," he said in the scrum, "to any sort of co-operation with the NDP."
To be clear, I don't like the idea of parties merging. But the more effectively the NDP, Liberals and Greens cancel out each others' efforts in the next election, the easier it will be for Harper's party -- itself an alliance -- to win.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, journalists discovered last week, is actively trying to broker progressive co-operation talks in Ottawa. After she quietly emailed individual NDP MPs, Tom Mulcair took charge and sent May a carefully worded reply. Although he chose not to mention electoral co-operation in his letter, neither did Mulcair rule it out.
Trudeau did that yesterday. If he wins, the stage appears set for trench warfare with the NDP. Only one Liberal candidate out of nine, Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray, defended the idea yesterday of "one-time electoral co-operation" to defeat the Conservatives, the goal being to implement democratic reform.
There's still time for other campaigns to come around, but so far on this issue there's a disconnect with the voters they purport to serve. Aside from realists within the Liberal Party itself, I believe there's a strong pro-cooperation constituency among the progressive Internet users the party has now invited into the race.
National pro-democracy group Leadnow began a survey on Friday of its roughly 180,000 Canadian members. More specifically, Leadnow is polling the people on its mailing list that are not already participants in its "Cooperate for Canada" campaign, launched during the last NDP leadership race.
By Sunday night, 11,228 people had replied -- Canadians from across party lines. Asked if they support co-operation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens before and after the next election, 95% said yes. That's more than 10,000 people.

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