Election 2015: Liberal-NDP Cooperation is necessary

Election 2015: Liberal-NDP Cooperation is necessary
Posted on February 10, 2014 | Manuel Costa | Written on February 10, 2014
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To: David MCGuinty, MP - Ottawa South

Good morning David,

The new Elections Act will probably pass and stack the odds in favour of the Conservatives.

I believe that we need a PR system.

Since we will have FPP in 2015, I'm convinced we need some form of cooperation between the Liberals and the NDP, if Harper is to be defeated.

Can I have your position on this issue? What is your Plan B, ie, if by maintaining the status quo, both the Liberals and the NDP contribute to another Conservative government?

I'd appreciate to receive something more than a 'form response' a few months from now. This is a very important issue to me and to many Canadians.

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Terry Kimmel

My sense is that nothing will happen pre-election because both the NDP and the Liberals believe the election is theirs to win. As has been the recent case the Conservatives will run up the middle and form a government. The hope is that it is a minority government and the NDP and Liberals will join forces to form a coalition government. Your best bet is to work hard in your riding to ensure that someone other than a Conservative wins. You will need to get to the 10% or 20% that swing the vote. And you can try to get new voters engaged.

Erwin

Hi Manuel,
Fair Vote Canada recently undertook a campaign to visit MPs. One delegation went to David McGuinty. I have a report of the meeting and will be happy to share it with you. I'd attach it to this comment but I don't see a way of doing that!

In brief, there were 4 objectives with the following outcomes:
1. Commitment to deliver petition to parliament: Yes
2. Secure vote for “Bolstering Canada's Democracy”: Spoke favorably
3. Sign pledge or declaration: No, will bring to caucus
4. Get photo: Yes

Erwin