EDITORIAL: Singh must avoid deals with Trudeau
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has said he does not plan to be part of any deal with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to form a coalition government with the Liberals.
Singh told reporters recently there’s no discussion of a coalition, saying it’s, “a firm no for me.”
Parliament resumes Monday. Let’s hope he sticks with that view. While there are other ways for the Liberals and NDP to co-operate, history shows it’s a no-win proposition for any opposition party to form a coalition, formal or informal, to prop up a minority government.
The opposition party ends up wearing the government’s bad decisions while the governing party takes credit for any of its successes.
Trudeau’s government was plagued with scandals, from the SNC Lavalin debacle to the WE boondoggle. Time and again, Trudeau showed questionable judgment on everything from his shameful appearances in blackface to his fancy dress tour of India. Many Canadians find him an embarrassment on the world stage.
It’s wrong also to assume that because two parties are on the left of the political spectrum that theirs is a marriage made in heaven. Sure, it appears Trudeau is busy turning this country into the Socialist Republic of Canada. He’s seems farther left than the NDP, the official party of socialism.
But Liberals are political chameleons. Some might call them opportunists. They’ll turn NDP orange if the political winds are blowing left. If there are more votes to be had with on the right, colour them blue.
The NDP has at its heart the union base that’s central to their ethos. Theirs is an ideology chiselled in granite over the years. Yes, in a fleeting moment, Liberal and NDP policies may meet on a Venn diagram of political expedience, but it won’t be a lasting dynamic. The NDP would be subsumed by the Liberals. We may not be its greatest supporter, but we’d certainly miss the NDP if it disappeared.