I’m starting to get the impression that the Canadian left is going to start viewing the 2008 Coalition Crisis as their “last hurrah”: the last time they, as a movement, were able to achieve a unity of purpose. I say “last” because, according to this Globe story, the idea of “uniting the left” is still balking the third party.
We have one admitted dark horse, David Merner, willing to entertain talks with the NDP about cooperation. Even though he’s a dark horse, he can’t be dismissed out-of-hand by the party rank-and-file because he used to be the BC wing’s president and therefore still carries some weight, at least in insider circles.
It seems a bit odd that, although the Globe states that other potential candidates oppose the idea of a merger, only one Liberal candidate is listed on the record as refusing. And that one — Justin Trudeau — is only quoted from a video clip that’s nearly a year old.
So why are no Liberals are willing to go on the record, now, in the summer of 2012, as being opposed to the idea of a merger? Is it laziness on the part of the Globe reporter, unable or unwilling to persuade a source to be named? Or is it that the potential candidates are now realizing that “wanting the party to regain prominence” is equivalent to status quo ante the 2011 election, the conditions of which led to their current predicament and could lead to their consignment to the recycling bin of history?