Wanting to stop the Conservatives is no reason to mash two groups with very different philosophies and beliefs together. It’s like a couple that don’t love each other getting married for the good of their child. In the long run, an unhappy marriage won’t do the kid any good, and you probably divorce anyway.Damn right. The Opposition parties aren't going to simply combine and win an election. Such a move, committed under the circumstances of "we don't like Harper," is short-sighted and opportunistic. Canadians aren't going to fall for that ploy. There's no vision behind it, we'll just be played off as wanting power for ourselves.
... We all need to offer something more to Canadians than “we’re not Stephen Harper.” That’s not going to engage anyone but the most ardent partisans and, besides, most Canadians don't dislike Harper as much as Trudeau and other partisans do. Offer Canadians a more compelling alternative and you’ll get somewhere; a negative option will get you nowhere, even with all the coalitions in the world.
Like Jedras, I didn't join the Liberals simply because I wanted to oppose Harper, or in his case, Mulroney. I mean, I joined the party when Dion was being ravaged by everyone, including our own party members. And let's face it - if I wanted to join a party that opposed Harper the most, it'd be the NDP.
But I joined the Liberals, and I stick with the Liberals, because the party represents what I believe, from domestic healthcare, to foreign affairs, to taxation, to the environment. If we merged with the NDP, I wouldn't vote for whatever comes out of that on the basis that it's not Stephen Harper's party - I'd vote for it based on my values. And it's a hard sell to convince me the next NDP leader and most of that lot will share my values.
So knock it out of your heads that we require a stop-gap measure like a merger to win. What we need is to connect back to our values, and give Canadians a vision. That's how we'll win. Not through mergers, not through "Cullen plans," not anything else. Vision.