Topp on winning


Brian Topp has released a policy paper on building the party, including calls to expand the party’s outreach and fundraising efforts, launch a policy review and commit to working with other parties after the 2015 election.

There are, as Jack Layton used to say, many tools in the toolbox to do this – cooperation case-by-case and bill-by-bill; a budget accord on the model of the 2005 “NDP budget”; a governing accord in the style of the 1985 Peterson-Rae accord; or a coalition government, in the style of the coalitions that govern most of the democratic world. By talking early and often about these options, we will counteract the nonsense the Conservatives say about them; moreover, we will ensure that Canadians know that in the NDP, they have the party that is always prepared to work with others in the House of Commons to get things done –including the central task of ridding Canada of the Harper government.


Topp on winning

  1. Ha!  I think Topp’s trying to distract from Nathan Cullen’s joint nomination proposal.  If we want to show Canadians that we’re willing to work together for their best interests, let’s co-operate BEFORE the election to prevent another Harper majority.  

  2. This does seem directed at Nathan Cullen’s joint nomination idea, which seems to be picking up steam  –  partly due to the fact that it is not a coalition, but a one time offer until the voting system can be changed.

  3. Sounds like the same old same old – there has to be a Green Party or a Liberal Party for Mr.Topp’s idea to work – and to have those parties up and running (and funded) in 4 years is very unlikely. 
    Nathan Cullen has a better idea.

    Nathan Cullen’s co-operative offer means that Greens will be able to run a candidate and if that candidate is the most popular in the riding they can be sure of NDP support – That means that Greens will very likely elect members next election. 

    Greens who didn’t renew their membership can and will strategically sign up to elect Nathan. Some might stay with the NDP but they all know that with Nathan leading, Greens can count on NDP votes if they run the best candidate in a Conservative riding. Elizabeth May said she would work with Nathan’s offer.  As it stands Nathan is the green icing on an orange cake.


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