Continuing on with the discussion I started here on NDP MP Pat Martin’s proposal to ‘unite the left’, I felt it would be useful to take a look at some long-term trends to put everything into perspective.
This graph illustrates the support for the hyper-capitalist parties in Canada at each general election since 1968.
(for the graph, click to enlarge),
This demonstrates that what we’ve been seeing in the past couple of elections here is actually a part of a long-term trend since 1968 of declining support for what I have termed the ‘hyper-capitalist’ parties (which I have taken to mean the Liberals, the Conservatives, PCs, Alliance, Reform Party, Social Credit, Ralliement créditiste, Confederation of Regions, and a smattering of other extremely small third parties). Now that doesn’t mean that the other parties are anti-capitalist as clearly, neither the Bloc or the NDP (who make up the vast majority of the ‘other’ category) are anti-capitalist. However, what they are is less capitalistic and certainly less in favour of neo-liberalism.
Not only would a coalition between the NDP and the Liberals be akin to an abusive relationship (as all Liberal NDP coalitions are), but such a marriage, given the downward trend in the past 40 years of the hyper-capitalist parties, would seem to be a little bit like fighting to get back onto the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.
In short, if the NDP were really looking for a coalition partner, the Greens would be a much more logical choice than the Liberals.