I suppose I need to react to this story, since it’s all over the various aggregators/news places/Twitter/Facebook etc.
As I said, I was and still am a bit amused or in bemusement at it (not ticked like some folks, but Jeff lays out good reasons why); not because of the actual proposal or if it has merit or not, but perhaps at the timing of it. Quite honestly, when I saw the CBC news report on the web, I had to check the date of it to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. Anyhow, my musings on this are that one would think if you’re holding merger talks with the NDP, secrecy at this point is your best weapon. The publicity of this and the timing seems, as I said, rather odd to me.
As for the benefits vs disadvantages of this, its rather hypothetical without seeing specifics; so all I’ll say is I agree with one of my NDP colleagues/bloggers who thinks even if these talks were serious (he’s like me; the report floored him and came totally out of left field, and he has good NDP party connections) there is simply little to no time to draw up a merger agreement on policy, election of a new leader, and getting the 2 party memberships together at dual conventions to vote it up or down, when you’re in a minority parliament situation, and an election could happen at any time.
I will stick to my position of running hard to win, but dealing with the cards that the electorate gives you following an election, and not discounting any options.