Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Resistance is Futile

Last spring, there was the non-aggression pact with the Greens. This weekend, the exodus of the Progressive Canadians to the Liberals. It's clear now that the Liberal plan is to assimilate the fringe parties one by one (hell, David Orchard probably counts as a fringe party by himself), growing Liberal support 0.1% at a time.

With that in mind, here's a rundown of the other fringe parties in Canada and if we can expect them to join the Liberal fold anytime soon:

Christian Heritage Party (28272 votes): This will be a difficult one - especially with JC no longer the party leader. But with the Liberals wandering aimlessly for at least the last 40 days, there may be some synergy.

Marxist-Lenninist Party (9289 votes): Admittedly, Jack Layton probably has the inside track here, and Ignatieff's family background in Tsarist Russia could make a reprochement hard.

Marijuana Party (8266 votes): This one should be a sinch. Just invite their executive over to Stornoway, light up a reefer or two, and they'll be in the bag, so to speak. But, be careful, this party's membership has a reputation of being even more poorly organized than the LPCQ.

Canadian Action Party (6201 votes): With former Liberal leadership contender Paul Hellyer in charge, it's shocking that a merger hasn't happened yet. I'm even willing to do my part and toss in the dozen Paulberta t-shirts I have laying around to get the deal done. Sure, his UFO conspiracy theories are odd, but Dennis Kucinich is onside so his views are growing more mainstream by the day. At the very least, it will help the Liberals with the Omni subscribers (note to Jason Kenney: hold the press release).

Communist Party (3127 votes): Due to the bitter feud between the communists and the Marxist-Lenninists, we should be able to get one of them onside.

Libertarian Party (3103 votes): At first glance, a party that believes in smaller government might not seem compatible with the Liberals. But hey, there have been 95 no shows in the House for all confidence votes this fall so that sort of qualifies as less government, I suppose.

First Peoples National Party (1340 votes): God, given that Tom Flanagan is influencing Stephen Harper's First Nations policy, I imagine these voters already have joined the Liberals.

Western Block Party (1094 votes): Who can resist a block party? The Western Block Party want to create an independent country in Western Canada. Given that this would assure the Liberals perpetual majority governments, it seems that a merger would be quite beneficial for both parties.

Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada (72 votes): They have "environment" in their name. I imagine the OLO has already cut a deal with them of some sorts.



  • Great idea!I am sure that the federal liberal party could actually develop some policys that would attract & appeal to everyone.As in the past they don't actually have to be implemented as liberal tradition is just to make announcements and then pretend that they will be implemented.But a word of caution,the cons will not approve of firing up a few spiffs at Stornaway,not that Dion couldn't use a bit of a buzz to lighten up.Go for it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:28 p.m.  

  • Very funny post CG...this one almost made me spill my coffee:

    Christian Heritage Party (28272 votes): This will be a difficult one - especially with JC no longer the party leader. But with the Liberals wandering aimlessly for at least the last 40 days, there may be some synergy.

    By Blogger Ian, at 4:07 p.m.  

  • Like fairy tale princesses, Dan, each one was better than the last. Brilliant!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 p.m.  

  • God, I wish certain Libloggers would read CG and realize you can support a party without being surgically inserted up its ass. This is one of the few partisan blogs of any stripe that usually makes me feel better when I read it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:19 p.m.  

  • Too funny, CG. Having a sense of humour about oneself and one's party is important in politics; and as Paul says this is often sorely lacking in partisan blogs.

    By Blogger Brandon E. Beasley, at 6:33 p.m.  

  • Oh dear!

    Does this mean that the GST issue is forgotten?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:11 a.m.  

  • Why, Calgarygrit, do you refer to David Orchard as "a fringe party by himself?" Is it because you haven't bothered to find out anything about him and merely display lazy prejudices?

    David Orchard is a fellow Liberal, who has played a significant role in the Liberal party affairs already. I believe he deserves your respect and recognition, rather than your oh-so-subtle (not) putdown.

    You are invited to speed up your learning curve by reading Orchard's remarkable book, The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism (first edition 1993, second edition 1999, also translated into French), which is a Canadian bestseller. David's website at www.davidorchard.com, is chockfull of information and articles by and about David Orchard, including recent media interviews, and you are welcome to them. I particularly recommend Randy Burton's column of December 8, 2006 from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix titled "David Orchard's strategic influence" for a more informed and less jaded perspective on David.

    Marjaleena Repo
    Fellow Liberal from Saskatoon,
    (Stephane Dion Leadership Campaign's Saskatchewan chair 2006
    David Orchard's campaign manager in two leadership campaigns in the former Progressive Conservative , 1998 and 2003)


    By Blogger Marjaleena Repo, at 10:22 a.m.  

  • Thank you Marjaleena for your thoughts and hard work.

    Don't be too hard on CG. He's young.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:59 a.m.  

  • Hmph. Nice to see Marjaleena's sterling sense of humour when it comes to St. David survived the move from the federal PC's to the Liberals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:00 p.m.  

  • "Anonymous'" (why anonymous?)comment is incomprehensible for me, as I didn't find calgarygrit's comment humorous and didn't attempt to tickle any funny bones myself. As for David O. moving from the Progressive Conservatives to the Liberal party: the PC party was swallowed whole by the Canadian Reform Alliance party, leaving countless people, Orchard among them, partyless. Two years AFTER the illegitimate takeover, David accepted the invitation to join the Liberal party of Canada. End of story — and beginning of another. (Read the details about the takeover and the agreement Peter MacKay signed with David to abide by the PC party's constitution and NOT to merge with the Alliance at www.davidorchard.com. There you will also find my writings setting the record straight on this matter.)

    By Blogger Marjaleena Repo, at 12:54 p.m.  

  • resistance is futile!

    By Blogger Unknown, at 2:50 p.m.  

  • Hey Marjaleena,

    Unfortunately, I, like many others, inadvertently throw out my back copies of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (I guess I mistake them for the Sunday NY Times), so maybe you could provide a link to the column about Orchard (aka the missing link).

    A trivia question: The story's author, Randy Burton. Wasn't he a member of the Guess Who?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:56 p.m.  

  • "Randy Burton. Wasn't he a member of the Guess Who?"

    Ya, he was the keyboard player and Cummings Bachman was the guitar player ;p

    By Blogger Ian, at 7:03 p.m.  

  • ...and Orchard was the one in the audience with the coveralls complaining that the lyrics to "American Woman" were subversive, leading to the '88 Canada/US Free Trade Agreement.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 p.m.  

  • Ha! I expect Marjaleena isn't laughing though....

    By Blogger Ian, at 7:53 p.m.  

  • I didn't find calgarygrit's comment humorous and didn't attempt to tickle any funny bones myself.

    I don't know which part of that statement is more sad.

    Stephen Harper has a smaller stick up his ass than you do.

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  • Omni is still in print?

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