Here is the bottom line, dippers will proudly recite all the provincial NDP governments as PROOF socialists can govern effectively. Trouble is, not ONE provincial NDP government has governed in a socialist manner, every single one is centrist, some bordering on corporatist, some blue Liberals for cripes sake, if you take their legacies in totality. If anything, all these NDP manifestations that have actually governed serve as proof the far left disappears the moment one is forced to attract widespread support. We see this reality right now federally, as Tom Mulcair moves the NDP to the center in an effort to capture ultimate power, it's a political necessity, yet partisans will remain steadfast no matter.
As well, Liberals seem to have no problem getting behind a true left of center leader like Dion, as well as a borderline liberal like Ignatieff. Liberals compromise personal perspective in the name of the "big tent", which really is a testament to "like minded" people entering a coalition of sorts. The very fact Liberals are currently "finding themselves" through this leadership race a testament to just how malleable our identity. Also noteworthy, Dion can speak at a Green Party convention, be well received and nobody follows the logic to obvious conclusion.
I don't believe a merged party translates to simply adding up the math of the various opposition parties, that adoption would bleed some support elsewhere, no question about it. However, it is also true that had Joan Crockatt faced one opponent, she would have lost, I believe that in my bones. At the very least, even the cynics must acknowledge the odds are improved with consolidation.
Joyce Murray propose co-operation in a limited number of ridings. While I support any effort that confronts political silos, unless the concept has full adoption, it will allow special interest manipulation and undo the spirit of the plank. Again, when we move to the end game, any usage of "like minded" denotes a commonality that can be cultivated into a new entity, which is a compromised manifestation, not much different from current "progressive parties". It would appear co-operation is nuanced enough to make it palpable to partisans. But ,really once the process reaches conclusion towards a single candidate, partisans then rally behind, work together, we see the tribes further exposed as ultimately unnecessary. In fact, the end result of the co-operation angle is no different than what happens in every single riding, for every single nomination meeting, within every single individual party.
I guess it's a start….