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‘Progressive’ Coalition?

November 27, 2008

Let’s see, a ‘Progressive’ Coalition is only worthwhile to me if:

  • The NDP gets positions in Cabinet. Decent positions.
  • The Bloc doesn’t.

Since I doubt that’s actually going to happen…

That, and I think somebody’s going to back down with this electoral finance issue.

Categories: Federal, Liberals, NDP
  1. janfromthebruce
    November 27, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    You know Northern BC Dipper this might work if all 3 parties come with an open mind. So that includes letting go of our prejudges and thinking that “we all want to make this work”.
    Yes, I am being idealistic right now, and pragmatically so.
    It means that the Bloc might get cabinet positions if that is the deal breaker.
    It means that the NDP should get representation based on their seat count in relation to the number of seats of 77 the libs got. This works out to about 10 spots in cabinet of 30 cabinet ministers.
    It’s about hammering out that 75% we agree on.

  2. R
    November 27, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Respectfully, I have to say that cabinet positions seem like strange things on which to base one’s support of a progressive coalition. I can’t imagine why a progressive person would withold their support for changing from a Conservative government to a progressive government because they feel like their party may not get a certain amount of cabinet seats. Isn’t it policies that you’re worried about first and foremost?

  3. November 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm


    I’m very uncomfortable to give a political party (BQ) that has the ultimate goal of destroying Canada any more power than necessary. I’m unready very uncomfortable just knowing that some sort of deal needs to be made with them for this ‘progressive’ coalition.


    Eventual government for my political party so that it can implement the policies I support is first and foremost, and to be be able to get that position, we need to get our fair share of the credit in governing a coalition. Why should the NDP give the Liberals a free ride and credit for the implementation of our policies?

  4. November 28, 2008 at 12:11 am


    I think at this point worrying about the Bloc is very short-sighted.

    There is a major issue right now, and worrying about the Bloc’s agenda, which is currently not high-priority in Quebec is a darn good way to screw things up permanently.

    We need to deal with problem A before we worry about problem B.

  5. November 28, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I think problem A (Conservative Government), is a smaller problem than problem B (The Bloc’s Agenda).

    I say worrying about the Bloc needs to be a big part of any theoretical coalition talks.

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