The need for cooperation


Jamey Heath, a member of Nathan Cullen’s campaign team, responds to Bill Tieleman.

Critiques of Mr. Cullen’s proposal equate it with so-called strategic voting. Mr. Cullen is not proposing strategic voting because Mr. Tieleman is right: it does not work. He’s proposing cooperation … Every candidate proposes some form of cooperation with Liberals. Brian Topp has many things he’d consider: a coalition; an accord like the one in Ontario in the 1980s; an alliance case-by-case. He helped orchestrate 2008’s would-be coalition, when Peggy Nash was party president and Niki Ashton, Paul Dewar and Thomas Mulcair were all MPs who said yes. If differences are so vast, why does everyone agree the parties can work together? The issue isn’t if Liberals made some horrendous mistakes in government. They did. Rather, it’s that given everybody agrees they’d cooperate after an election, why not cooperate beforehand, too?


The need for cooperation

  1. Cullen is too out there to benefit NDP in the long run.

  2. The Liberals would never agree to cooperate with the NDP beforehand because unless a Liberal majority were assured, come voting day, blue Liberal voters would either stay home or vote Conservative.

  3. Jamey Heath was one of our four panelists on Thursday night.  He was the NDP member, and was joined by a Liberal and Green member, and by Matthew Carroll of Leadnow.  He did a great job, as did they all.

    Yes, everyone was a proud member of their respective party.  But it was more important to them to be a proud Canadian; and Canada needs cooperation–one time, to put the power of politics back into the hands of Canadians and out of the hands of party strategists.

  4. Everyone doesn’t agree they’d cooperate after an election.

    I, for one, do not.

  5. I really like Nathan Cullen’s co-operation plan.  Hyper-partisanship is not working for the NDP and it’s certainly not working for Canada.  We need a new strategy that brings people together in order to change the electoral system (Nathan’s first priority in office)

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