Idea alert

While rejecting a Liberal-NDP merger, Rob Silver wonders if a new party might make sense.

But why not start a discussion between Liberals, New Democrats, Red Tories, and young people who have never been a member of a political party in their lives about a new vehicle – a new party. Consider it a blank slate. If we were starting from scratch, what would we fight for? How would we organize ourselves? So while there would still by definition be trade-offs (unless you start a new party by yourself, it’s impossible for there not to be in politics), hopefully by starting something new, instead of squishing together two organizations with existing rules and structures, you could avoid the easy-to-imagine analysis of “who’s taking over who,” “who won and who lost” that permeates so much Ottawa groupthink. Instead you’d create a new party for the next century. Naive potentially, I know.

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