The possibility of an outright merger between the parties is addressed in the letter. Since this is not likely at this time, we have recommended that opposition parties seriously consider the option of forming a coalition government should they win sufficient number of seats to make that possible.
We believe that the Canadian electorate is open to a pre-election acceptance of
the coalition option especially if it is based on a well-formulated list of joint legislative priorities.
To overcome vote-splitting, we propose that the NDP, Liberal Party, and Green Party consider presenting only one candidate to oppose the Conservative Party in a select number of ridings. While choosing the mechanism for this
will not be easy, we believe that this could be achieved given creativity and the necessary political will.
In the majority of ridings the choice would be between an NDP or Liberal Party candidate to oppose the Conservative Party candidate, though there may be some seats where the Green Party could demonstrate that its candidate stands the best chance of winning.
One example of how this might work would be that the party that won in a tight
race against the Conservatives in the past election, or came second behind the Conservative winner, would provide the candidate in the next election. If a different party had a spectacular new candidate with evident appeal indicated by polling, that person could be given the nod.
We believe such a strategy would be especially acceptable to the electorate if it is accompanied by an agreement that one of the first orders of business of a new parliament would be to explore the possibility of moving to some form of proportional representation.
The full text of the letter to MPs and party executives can be accessed in both English and French.
Citizens for Cross-Party Cooperation would like to ally itself with other citizen groups with similar ideas in the hope of electing progressive governments in the 2015 Federal election and beyond. LINKS TO OTHER GROUPS