Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chantal Hebert Pushing for Lib-NDP Coaltion

  With the Conservatives trending upward in the last few polls lately and the Libs going down or spinning their wheels, Chantal Hebert is suggesting  the Liberals and the Dippers should listen to their elder statesmen and  get together because it would improve their standing.
If NDP and Liberal leaders Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff had taken the advice of their elder statesmen and looked for a way to pool forces earlier this year, the result of their joint efforts would likely be doing better in the polls than their separate parties.
Instead, the end of 2010 finds the two main national opposition parties on opposite ends of a teeter-totter. They are each ensuring that the other does not go up very high or for very long.
She later warns that if they don't  there will most likely be a majority Conservative government after next election.
Like the then-Reformers, some New Democrats continue to believe they will eventually overtake the Liberals or, short of that, at least gain enough ground to have a strong hand in any future negotiation with a minority Liberal regime.
They are all more likely to end up sitting side by side across from a majority Conservative government.
I think even with a Lib/Dipper merger they would have a tough time. I sense the mood of the  public is now changing. They are moving more to the right looking for , smaller government, lower taxes, spending cuts, less red tape, reform of the  criminal justice system, reform of the immigration system etc.

A majority Conservative government is something this country needs especially if there will be difficult decisions that will have to be made in the near future about how to get our country out of deficit and debt, deal with the looming health care crisis, pensions etc..  Canadians find the Conservatives more trustworthy when dealing with those issues more so than the Libs or the Dippers. If the Libs and Dippers don't offer credible policy to deal with those issues, they will be climbing an uphill battle.


  1. Which would play perfectly into what has been the PM's overt narrative all along. :D

  2. Hebert for good reason avoided to mention the bloc being part of the coalition. Why is that is so easy-no westerners will vote for a coalition with the bloc in it so, cleverly she reframes mentioning them.
    She also neglects to mention that the NDP wants to put moratoriums on all tankards across canada including to Quebec and on Alberta oilsands which will devastate our economy and lost of millions of jobs.

    The NDP alone cannot accomplish such a devasting mission without the help from the liberals which Chantal fail to take into account.
    So, bragging for a lib/dip coalition; she welcomes their 'hidden' agendas.

  3. Which would play perfectly into what has been the PM's overt narrative all along. :D

    Exactly! We can expect this narrative to be played all through out the next election when ever that may be.

  4. Jen,good points! The moratorium on tankards will not play well especially out here in the west that's for sure.

  5. Push away, Chantal, push away.

  6. I believe you are correct the country is looking for a government that is more to the right. The problem is where are we going to find a party with those values? After watching the CPC the last few years we sure can`t expect it from them. They have taken over the slightly left of centre that used to be Liberal territory the Libs do not seem to really stand for anything and the NDP are still the semi Communists they always have been. We need a resurrection of the reform party and this time one that will fight to withstand the wannabe conservative influence that screwed it up last time and got us to the place we are today.

  7. I have alot of respect for Chantal..she calls a spade a spade...and takes her shots at all.....and it does scare me that a coalition could form....

  8. What many miss in this debate is that reducing political choice changes public perception of the choices they have. In other words, having two major political parties in Canada will lead to a situation much like that of the US with the Republicans and Democrats. This seems lost on most pundits from the left and even some on the right. (real conservative)

  9. It's always interesting how leftists think that a Liberal-NDP merger would = total sum of their previous votes and seats. Just like how a number of PC voters ditched the new Conservatives in 2004, I suspect that various right-leaning Liberals will flock to the Tories. Plus, let's not forget that the Greens and BQ still exist to split votes with a Lib-Dem merger.


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