There has been a lot of talk lately about “uniting the left.”
The idea being the only way to stop the "Evil, Neo-Con Harper Juggernaut" is for the Liberals and New Democrats to join forces.
Let's leave aside the fact that far from being a juggernaut, the Tory government has only a slight minority and no real prospects at a majority.
Does it really make sense for Canada's "progressives" to unite under a single banner.
I don't think so.
After all, in politics 2+2 often does not equal four.
In other words, combining the Liberals and the NDP into one party would not result in combining their vote totals.
Many NDPers are more populists than socialist and would likely bolt from such a party and many “Blue Liberal” voters might fear socialist influences and also bolt from such a party.
What’s more, for the Liberals having a separate left-wing party is a distinct advantage.
Unlike the Democrats in the US they don’t have to worry about a “loony left wing faction” since such voices are safely contained in the NDP.
Yet, when the Liberals need to court the “progressive” vote the NDP serves as sort of a holding tank.
What I think the Left really needs to do is modernize a bit: Drop the class warfare rhetoric, dump the link to union bosses, tone down the anti-American rhetoric.
In other words, the Left needs to be more Right.
I will be discussing this issue on Adler Online at about 3:00 PM EST.