Liberal-NDP Merger?

Warning: The following post probably does not belong on an economics blog.

Yesterday, CBC reported that Liberals and New Democrats are negotiating a possible merger of the two parties into one. It seems like everyone except Warren Kinsella has denied this report.

So, how does CBC respond? It doubles down on its original report by making Kinsella the lead item on tonight’s National. The thrust of this evening’s story is that, while the current party leaders (Ignatieff and Layton) are denying any official merger talks, party elders (Chretien and Romanow) are unofficially discussing a merger.

This story is entirely based on sloppily conflating the concepts of a merger, a post-election coalition, or some kind of pre-election arrangement. The two parties did, in fact, negotiate a coalition (on which Ignatieff reneged) after the last election.

So, it is hardly newsworthy that many people in both parties want a coalition. As far as I could tell, Chretien and Romanow simply expressed support for that option.

A more controversial option, which could be under discussion, would be to co-operate during an election campaign, presumably by not running full slates of candidates. However, even if that strategy were pursued, it would not constitute a “merger.”

CBC appears to be invested in its original merger story and straining to keep it alive. I am reminded of a day in September 2009 when The National’s lead item was an “imminent” Canada-US deal on Buy America.

After both sides clarified that a deal was not imminent, CBC continued to congratulate itself for “breaking” the story, even though several major newspapers had reported the Canada-US negotiations on Buy America months before. (These negotiations did produce a deal more than four months later.)

4 comments

  • This story is entirely based on sloppily conflating the concepts of a merger, a post-election coalition, or some kind of pre-election arrangement.
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    Annoying, isn’t it?

  • What’s particularly annoying is that a story exploring different options for Liberal-NDP cooperation could have been interesting and informative. Instead, CBC seems intent on a “gotcha” story about alleged merger talks.

  • Exactly. Confusing the general public further.

  • I think it is time the CBC insiders routing for the tories realized that despite all their efforts, the Tories are doomed no matter how much the Tories use the CBC as their puppet. Sad that the tories are turning the CBC into such a vehicle. I will say this, once the election is over in the fall, their will be a political purge inside the CBC. Talk about hanging a sign on the front door of the CBC- Purge Needed, please flush the top scum soon as the stench is building!

    Notice I said Top, I do think the rank and file moral is at an all time low amidst this Harper dictatorship.

    Pt- my sympathies to those workers at the CBC who somehow have maintained their sanity through all this. The end is nigh (I hope)

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