A Merger That’ll Never Happen
The left in the province of Alberta will never merge. There are four core reasons for this to be the case.
Firstly, the NDP is directly tied, through its organization, its employees (many of whom who work for the federal NDP as well), and other means, cannot get the nod for merger from Ottawa. This also forgets the basic idealistic traits of the NDP volunteers, base, and candidates who would form a new NDP if their party even came close to merging with any other. There is no way, no method, or any means to push this agenda in the New Democrats. To think so would be to ignore the very group that the NDP spring from.
Secondly, there’s no thirst for it, aside from old academics and ardent politicos. The politicians aren’t there for it (except one or two), the activists amongst each of the parties aren’t interested in it, and the public at large aren’t interested. I’ve doorknocked some 4,000 doors over the last provincial campaign and the conversation has only come up four times at the doors. For the Alberta Liberals their donations from their membership collapsed after broaching the topic at their convention and passing a call for cooperation with the other parties. There’s no thirst for it.
Thirdly, it doesn’t make sense. The views on government, the energy sector, and society are quite diverse. The Liberals and the NDP do not agree on important issues like the energy sector or on post-secondary education, or even on the purpose of government and its relationship with individuals. There is simply no cohesion there in any post-merger party.
Fourthly, and finally, all parties, except for the Alberta Liberals (at great cost to them, too, which likely has turned them off), has said no.
So the conversation on merger should be closed. The people have no thirst for merger and there is no means for it. There are bigger problems to solve, anyway.