Thank you for your letter concerning party cooperation in Canada. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.
I have long advocated cooperation among the progressive voices in Canada. Sadly, of other political leaders since I became leader of the Green Party, only Stephane Dion was willing to take a stand. We clearly need some form of cooperation in the 2015 election.
It is my belief that the best option is to cooperate in one election with the commitment from all progressive parties to reform our voting system, ensuring some form of proportional representation in future elections. Our current electoral system does not produce a government that reflects how people have actually voted. The system is perverse. In 2011, the minority of voters elected the majority of seats. Only under First Past the Post could such a result have occurred.
Proportional representation ensures that every vote counts. Parliament would reflect how Canadians actually voted.
I will entertain any proposal to cooperate and bring such proposals to the Green Party federal council and grassroots. At this point, much will hinge on the attitude of the next leader of the New Democratic Party.
Elizabeth May O.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Electoral Alliance's message to all Members of Parliament
Sent: March 29, 2012 3:52 PM Subject: An electoral alliance for Canada for the 2015 federal election
We are active supporters of an electoral alliance for Canada for the 2015 federal election. Our members include New Democrats, Liberals, Greens and people of no party affiliation. For the rationale of an electoral alliance and how it might work, see the attached statement.
Electoral alliance was discussed a great deal at the recent NDP federal leadership convention, and in media coverage before it. We are pleased that Nathan Cullen, who brought the proposal into the leadership race did so well.
We encourage all MPs who do not want another Harper government to consider this option. The NDP and Liberals can still run for a majority government, but an electoral alliance could ensure that, if neither party got a majority, we could replace the Conservatives as government and bring in proportional representation after 2015.
Think about it!
Ann Emmett, Rose Dyson, Mark Henschel, Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, Patricia Warwick, David Gamble, Wing Wo and Lynn McDonald