Friday, April 13, 2007

Dion's deal to end the "national governing party"

The prospect that the Liberals would concede to not run in all 308 ridings has been the stuff of wild conjecture for about a month. But few thought it was much more than a prolonged game of footsie designed to buy sympathy from a potential Green voters.

But today all signs are that Stéphane Dion intends to follow though. One can only imagine Laurier and Trudeau would be displeased.

Putting aside the dubious strategic merit of reaching out to the 6% of Canadians who say they will vote Green and the 3-4% who actually will, it’s not too early to conclude that this announcement is going to prove calamitous for the Liberals.

The most obvious reason is that the Liberals have ended their claim to “strategic voting.”

Liberals have won recent elections by telling supporters of other parties that only the Liberal Party is strong enough to stop Stephen Harper in all regions of the country.

In the next election, this argument will be counted by: “if that’s so, then why aren’t you running in all 308 ridings? And by extension of that logic, if you really want to defeat Harper, why don't you step aside in ridings that the NDP and Bloc already hold or where your party is not competitive?

For this reason and more than a few others, Dion’s decision is going to prove extraordinarily short sighted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why only a deal with Lizzie May and not with other Green party candidates, like offering 12 more safe Liberal ridings in the GTA so that the Green party can be an official party in the HoCs, thus giving Leader May the opportunity to debate in leaders debates?

By making a deal only with May suggests that May is not committed to the Green party and is a Liberal covered in a green burka.