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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The May/December (I mean Dion) Deal

So I don't agree with Andrew Coyne very often, but here it is:

It’s pretty clear there’s a larger game being played here than just electing Mr. Dion or Ms May, and larger stakes than just Central Nova. Even at yesterday’s joint press conference, there were hints that similar arrangements might be worked out in other ridings. Which suggests the real target of this operation is not Mr. MacKay. It’s the NDP.
And more to the point, read this post that pretty much sums up the whole deal:

It is a riding where an outstanding young NDP candidate named Alexis MacDonald (I have met her, and trust me, this woman is amazing) came within striking distance of MacKay in 2006 with almost 33% of the vote. ... It is also a riding where the Greens took only a measly 1.6% of the vote in that same election.
Some bloggers (in comments mostly) such as here and here are claiming that this move is against the Liberal Constitution.

this is against your [Liberal] constitution, a point Warren Kinsella also made on the Adler show today.
I don't know if that is true or not. I took a lookee-see at the Liberal Party Constitution and didn't see anything that would prohibit this deal, but if some one else saw what I missed (very possible, I just took a quick glance) then please let me know.