Department of Political Science, University of Montreal
Since the May 2, 2011, federal election there has been much talk about a merger between the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party of Canada. The supporters of this option attribute the electoral success of the Conservative Party to the joining of the forces of the right in 2003. Since more than 60% of Canadians did not vote for that party in the last election, they suppose that a merger of the centre and left parties would make the victory of a progressive party possible in 2015. According to Jean Chrétien, if the Liberals had merged with the CCF (the predecessor of the NDP) in 1956, “they would be in government today”. The former Prime Minister added that “it will happen someday”.
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