Friday, May 27, 2011

Former Defence Minister Paul Hellyer Speaks

...on a possible Liberal-NDP merger:

It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the conclusion that the Liberal and New Democratic Parties should merge and become one entity known as the Liberal Democratic Party of Canada. I am convinced that it would be in the best long-term interests of both parties but, far more important, it would be in the best interests of Canada. Canadians deserve a clear choice when they next vote.

On little green men from outer space:

I wish I were in a mood for good humour, but I am not. We are hell-bent in the direction of destroying our planet, and we appear to be doing precious little about it. Decades ago visitors from other planets warned us about where we were headed, and offered to help. But instead, we, or at least some of us, interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions afterward. The inevitable result was that some of our planes were lost; but how many were due to retaliation, and how many were a result of our own stupidity is a moot point.

Not that I have an issue with NDP/merger discussions, though they ain't gonna happen any time soon.  Just sayin'.


Francesco said...

I read Helleyer's piece and honestly his article fails on one simple fact.

The Canadian voter is a lot different today than in the 1970's..harper received 44% of the vote in Ontario in this past election, if the Libs/NDP went into merger talks that would probably go up to 50% and above. The merger would not be the sum of two parts. In a ton of riding the vote splitting was not just ndp / liberal but liberals in all the 905 ridings fleeing to the conservatives when the saw the NDP surge.

Great Blog.

Tof KW said...

I have a soft spot for Hellyer from his history as a sitting MP for both the Grits and the Tories. But seriously, everyone knows the aliens are gray. Didn't anyone learn from the X-Files by now?

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