The Conservative leader is warning against the prospects of a "Trudeau-NDP coalition."
But he was less clear Tuesday when it came to the notion of installing a government led by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is right to say no to any coalition talks with the NDP. It's a con game by the NDP and one that would make voters punish the Liberals. For one thing, the Liberals and the NDP are very different on issues like the Sherbrooke Declaration and the Senate. Then there's the question who'll lead and for how long. A coalition also begs the question why should you vote if the second and third status parties are going to knock out the sitting government.
There's always been a back-and-forth in Canadian politics. Every few terms, the public would tire of either the Conservative
The (relatively new) leader of the British Labour Party, Ed Miliband, is turning out to be a very capable leader, and not
Proportional representation's advocates invented the concept of the wasted vote, claiming that votes for losing candidates are wasted, and that under PR "every vote counts." But ultimately there is no decision. And that surely is a waste of voting.
I do not know the solution to small-mindedness as a part of conservative political strategies, but at least part of the answer requires progressives to ask some rather basic questions about what they believe and why. Here are a few starters.