Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Unite to beat Tories: NDPer
Sees Liberals, Greens as allies but Mulcair has opposed idea
A key New Democrat in Brandon says the opposition parties ought to join forces in the upcoming byelection to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
Vanessa Hamilton, president of the NDP's Brandon-Souris riding association, says she views the Greens and the Liberals as natural allies. Brandon's byelection could be a proving ground for future collaboration between the three parties since there is little chance any opposition candidate will defeat the Tories.
"We have nothing to lose," said Hamilton. "It's the bluest of blue ridings across the country."
Hamilton's proposal puts her at odds with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who has repeatedly rejected co-operation, and again raises the issue that has vexed the opposition -- whether to collaborate, especially in ridings where vote-splitting elects Conservative MPs.
-- Vanessa Hamilton, president of the NDP's Brandon-Souris riding association
The Liberals ruled out the possibility Tuesday, saying they plan to hold nomination meetings for both Brandon-Souris and Provencher, Manitoba's other vacant federal seat.
"We are not discussing co-operation with any other parties for these byelections," said party spokeswoman Andree-Lyne Halle. "We have no plans to do so in the future, either."
During her unsuccessful bid for the Liberal leadership last spring, B.C. MP Joyce Murray laid out a detailed plan for co-operation in the 2015 election, and NDP MP Nathan Cullen proposed joint nomination meetings when he ran for the leadership of his party last year. The notion of party co-operation also popped up during Labrador's byelection in May.
Instead of a joint nomination meeting, Hamilton says it makes sense for the other parties to back the NDP candidate in Brandon-Souris. Hamilton is considering running for the nomination herself. She lost a Brandon city council byelection earlier this summer.
In the last federal election, the NDP placed second in Brandon-Souris, winning about a quarter of the votes. The Liberals parachuted in a candidate and placed fourth behind the Greens.
Tallied together, the three main opposition parties earned just over half the votes former MP Merv Tweed did in 2011.
Hamilton recently tweeted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, asking them to support the NDP candidate in Brandon-Souris.
Elizabeth May offered a positive response. "Obviously, we're very open to it," she said.
May said the Greens would consider partnering with any party that supports reforming Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system, and co-operation could include withholding a candidate in Brandon-Souris, especially if other parties stayed off the ballot in a riding the Greens could win.
But May said she was curious to hear whether Mulcair has softened his views on co-operation.
Several calls to the federal and provincial NDP offices were not returned Tuesday.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 21, 2013 A3
Updated on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM CDT: Replaces photo
Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
(1 of 18 articles for today)07/24/2014 1:00 AM 0
When Roanna Meagan Fontaine jumped from a sixth-floor balcony to her death, at least we knew her name.
We knew the ...
Photo Store Gallery
- Mountie's answer to pain: suicide
- Winnipeg mayor lists Arizona home as a primary residence
- Motorcycle crash kills Pine Falls pair
- RCMP shoot, injure man during baseball game in Norway House
- Woman's death 'sadder than sad'
- Robbed by his own brother?
- Two years jail for grisly death
- Woman dies in farming accident
- Stolen custom-built bike found
- Woman in alleged dine-and-dash trio returns for purse, charged with fraud
- Mountie's answer to pain: suicide
- 24 Manitoba municipalities declare state of emergency
- Several Manitoba Safeway, IGA stores to shut doors
- Canada Day marred by two deaths in city
- Piercing at Ex prickly issue for city parents
- Failed bid for med school no basis for suit: judge
- Polo Park getting major makeover
- Dad fights to keep $100,000
- Mom rips judge over remark
- Nygård under gun in Bahamas
Ads by Google