Guess who said this coalition quote..

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Daniel Grice
Guess who said this coalition quote..

"Yet voters on the left are as much entitled as voters on the right to effective elected representation. Electoral reform might well revive the left. It could, for example, lead to cooperation between the NDP and the left-leaning wing of the Liberals, perhaps producing a national social democratic vehicle with a genuine chance of governing, or at least participating in a coalition cabinet.  

Of course, none of this can be foretold in detail; political change always produces unexpected and surprising consequences. But we believe there is good reason to think seriously along these lines. In today's democratic societies, organizations share power. Corporations, churches, universities, hospitals, even public sector bureaucracies make decisions through consultation, committees and consensus-building techniques. Only in politics do we still entrust power to a single faction expected to prevail every time over the opposition by sheer force of numbers. Even more anachronistically, we persist in structuring the governing team like a military regiment under a single commander with almost total power to appoint, discipline and expel subordinates. "


- Can anyone guess which famous Canadian politician said this... 

Agent 204 Agent 204's picture

Don't know. I'm going to take a wild guess and say Joe Clark.


I am going to take a crazy guess as well and say Jack Layton?

Wilf Day

That was too easy: Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan.

Daniel Grice

Yep, Wilf's got it! 

Next City, Winter 1996/97

The article is hard to find, but above's a link.


Red T-shirt

 Very ironic. Today he claims any coalition would be undemocratic and he is the most power centralizing political leader this nation has ever seen.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Geez, I knew the Koalition was a bad idea.... Tongue out