Yet, with our fucked-up electoral system, the majority vote is split so that the CONtempt Party squeaks in.
This must stop.
Look at yesterday's by-election results.
In Calgary Centre, the CON got 36.9% of the vote while other (variously progressive) parties combined for 61%. Numbers sound familiar?
They should. They are very close to the overall ranking in the 2011 federal election.
A party with less than 40% support is now vandalizing a progressive country to the shock and disgust of the majority.
I am not a partisan but I was delighted to hear someone actually in politics say out loud what ordinary people are increasingly focussed on.
We must stop the CONservative vandals.
Liberal MP Joyce Murray launched her bid for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party on Monday with a call for “one-time” only cooperation among the three major opposition parties in the next federal election in order to defeat Prime Minister Harper and bring in lasting reform to Canada’s electoral system.A one-time only deal. Worked out at the riding level. Perhaps with a run-off vote among the non-CON candidates in advance to determine the best chance to beat the CONs.
Pointing out Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) and his Conservatives won a majority government with only 39.6 per cent of the vote, Ms. Murray (Vancouver Quadra, B.C.) said her campaign will include a new proposal for the kind of cooperation discussed since the 2011 election by Liberals, New Democrats and Green Party figures.
Many, including former NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley, Valley, B.C.), have said the only way to defeat Mr. Harper’s election machine is by joining forces to field only one candidate from all three opposition parties in ridings the Conservatives won with less than 50 per cent of the vote.
Then, election reform.
Now. How do we do this? We've got two years.
On Twitter, Sadie Tucker says she has been phoning and writing riding offices and talking to friends.
Let's get this show on the road. Canada cannot withstand another majority of vandals.
ADDED: Elsewhere our polyboggous (h/t deBeauxOs) bud, Mandos, has an interesting analysis of the mess Canadian politics is in and wonders if an Amerkican-style two-party system is inevitable.
ADDED: Pundit's Guide says it won't work. Lotta reasons, too. *sigh*