Sunday, January 11, 2009

The New Reform?

One blogger does not a political movement make, but watch as Harper's move to the centre leaves more and more neo-cons, right-wing Prairie populists, Western separatists, penticostal Christians, believers in a closed-door immigration policy, libertarians and opponents of the idea of Human Rights Commission jurisdiction over publications -- and these are not all necessarily inclusive or exclusive of each other -- feeling left out. And they may well react the way they did in the 1980s: by threatening to split the Conservative vote.
Stephen Harper's Tory party is a big and very shaky tent, just like Mulroney's '84 coalition. He's the only person holding it together. That's why you can pretty much forget the typings of columnists who mull the idea of him leaving in the near-future.

1 comment:

jaycurrie said...

Thanks for the link Mark.

One note: the goal of Plan B is not so much to split the CPC vote as to run 20-40 candidates in marginal CPC seats - those within a couple of thousand votes - to deny them to the CPC. There is no intention of being elected; rather there is the intention to make sure CPC members are not elected.

Done this way, a single issue, indeed a single section, group can maximize its leverage.

Or Harper can recognize the near unanimous will of his own party, the editorial boards of every major newspaper in the country, a bipartisan group in the Commons and various civil rights and cultural groups - as well as the CHRC's own investigator, Prof. Moon - and repeal s. 13. His call.

Meanwhile, people who believe in free speech may want to stop by here and down load the Elections Canada form to sign up so we can get Plan B off the ground.