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Pondering the thinkable 

The Tyee, the British Columbia-based online publication, has a fascinating piece this week on the idea that a centre-left coalition could form Canada's government after next week's vote.

Writes John Ryan, a retired University of Winnipeg professor: "If for once the Liberals and the NDP set aside partisan politics and acted in the interests of Canada, it would be the beginning of a new era for us. In making this proposal, I am not suggesting a merger of these parties. The parties would remain as they are. They would only have to agree on a certain number of objectives and policies. On this basis they could form a majority government, or even a minority government with more seats than the Conservatives...

For the complete story and a list of what Ryan thinks could be the shared platform of a Liberal-NDP-Green(if they elect any members) coalition, check out the link:

"People," he adds, "should start putting pressure on these parties to begin such negotiations as soon as possible so that immediately after the election they would be prepared to go to the Governor General with the request that they be recognized as a majority coalition government. If these parties made a public announcement to this effect, the public through strategic voting could very well increase the strength of both parties."


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