During the Chretien years, the right wing vote was split between the Reform Party and the Progressive Conservatives. It seemed to up-and-comer Stephen Harper and his mentor Tom Flanagan, that without co-operation, those of a conservative bent may remain mired on Canada's politcal margins. Together they penned a study of co-operation called "Our Benign Dictatorship" which became a blueprint for a united conservative movement in this country, and charted a course to power.
There is much for progressives to ponder in the months leading up to the next election. Should we consider co-operation and compromise in order to maximize our chances of governing? Or should we cling to our ideological differences and continue splitting the progressive vote while risking another Stephen Harper victory?
In this episode, we discuss the Harper/Flanagan blueprint for Conservative unity to see what lessons we progressives can learn from their success. We also speak with Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray the standard bearer for inter-party co-operation in the race to replace Bob Rae. There is much in Joyce Murray's platform to attract people from the Green Party and NDP. Indeed Joyce, while adhering to strong Liberal values, seems as though she could just as easily run on this platform for the NDP or the Green Party, thus illustrating the fundamental similarities that are shared by progressives across Canada.