Accord vs. Coalition Part 2

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theleftyinvestor
Accord vs. Coalition Part 2

Continued from here:

http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/accord-vs-coalition

A question was addressed to me that I didn't have a chance to answer until the thread was closed for length. I will continue...

 

 

theleftyinvestor

M. Spector wrote:

So you're talking about a candidate who is essentially an NDP candidate in all but name. Why run as a nominal "independent" at all?

Further questions arise: Why would Liberals and Greens vote for such a candidate?

What happens if the Liberals get more seats than the NDP - would the "Independent" MP sit with the Liberals if the NDP and Liberals don't form a coalition government?

What I'm talking about is a candidate who is locally known for not falling strictly within party lines, but who discloses in advance which party they would nominally sit with if necessary. But by running as a joint-nominated candidate, they would acknowledge an additional responsibility to consider the concerns of constituents who voted across party lines.

Interested Observer wrote:
Same reason that in Vancouver, Vision Vancouver(Liberal/NDP/Green) was re-elected rather than COPE(NDP) or the Green Party of Vancouver. If you want an electoral coalition to work, you tone the partisanship down, and you run on what unites you. Not everyone is excited by the concept of an NDP Majority, even if it boots out the Conservatives.

Right, Vision Vancouver is an example. Gregor Robertson used to be a BCNDP MLA. He supports the election of a BCNDP government (even though he preferred the carbon tax model over the NDP's "axe the tax" idea), and Dix's BCNDP supported his re-election. He was scheduled to speak at the federal NDP convention (only to be stymied by the riot aftermath). But none of this seems to scare away the Liberal and Green voters who supported him this past election. Several members of his team fall into the same boat. I would wager that if one of that team carried the "joint nomination" torch to beat Wai Young, they would and could be trusted enough to get cross-partisan appeal - even if it's well known that s/he would be more inclined to sit as a Liberal or NDP MP upon election.

There are cross-partisan past and present politicians like this at the municipal level across the country. Some very judicious choices could provide key opportunities to dislodge Conservatives.